I took a wimps way out. Since I have a small mountain of old printer cables (DB25 to Centronix 36) and some cutters I whacked off the 36 pin end of one of them.
My next problem was a system with a stock parallel port. The card was a dismal failure for the software I was trying to run. Hell I forgot about a few other machines lying around here. My old Dell Workstation before I built my new workstation fit the ticket so I dragged all 70 pounds of the beast out of the corner. Booted right up in XP for me.
I installed the software I mentioned earlier that went with the relay card and away it all went. I could toggle each data line without a hitch. Interesting the data highs were about 3.4 volts on this system. My new workstation has 5 volts off that card I installed. Anyway, things worked.
The idea behind the relay card link wasn't just the software but the complete schematic was in the pdf file on the web page.
I may continue to screw with a Windows approach but do admit that Linux is a more viable approach since working in Linux you have a straight shot at the parallel port.
There is really no limit to what you can interface to the port as to Relays, Triacs and whatever to control whatever. You have 8 data bits which can be fanned out to 255 whatever with a small mountain of chips.
When soldering, just remember the bigger the blob the better the job.