i need to link two laptops. only one has a NIC. i'm almost poss. that it can be done parallel or usb. can it be done through the modems? the other laptop can't use my external burner but i need to burn files off of it. machine 1,the one able to burning: xp pro, burner, 3 1/2 drv, 160 ram, 6 gig hdd, nic, modem, usb machine 2, has the files and no nic: xp pro, NO 3 1/2 drv, 128 ram, 10 gig hdd, modem, usb, IR i have a IEEEE(or whatever) rated parallel data rated cable, and reg. usb cables. whats the easiest way to link them? needed software? thank a lot, this has been driving me crazy.