Dell 1320C on Ubuntu 18.04 +

I finally got round to sorting out the Dell 1320C colour laser printer for modern Ubuntu distros.

The Dell 1320c is a rebadged Fuji printer that couldn’t give a crap about you wanting to use generic toners. So perfect for my minimal printing that causes inkjet cartridges to block up due to lack of use.

It has worked fine for a good 12 years, however time does move on.

The biggest issue is that there is a dependency on libcups2:i386 for the filters so this is something that needs to be installed on a 64 bit distro. Really does anyone have anything else these days?

Then the filters need to be placed within the CUPS directories and you should be good to go once you’ve added the printer using the PPD.

I’ve put all this together with a simple install script in a handy tarball to make life easy. Which has been superseeded by this new version thanks to comments from Simon.

It also has a custom PPD that adds in the 250 sheet paper tray by default. So no need to faff with the options to get your prints to work.

Linux Firewall Options in 2013

I’m a bit security conscious with my network at home. I run a perimeter firewall sat directly behind the DSL Modem which then feeds multiple internal networks. Since 2003 I have been running Smoothwall Express for this purpose. It has performed well in this role, the main concern I have is that development support from Smoothwall Ltd seems to have stalled. The last major release was in 2006, there have been some service packs. The environment Smoothwall is in is moving faster than development is. Continue reading Linux Firewall Options in 2013

Bravo Audio

Bravo Audio Amp Close-upI spent a bit of time over the Jubilee Weekend burning in the Bravo Audio Headphone Amp. The amp runs an 12AU7 valve which is a dual triode tube, which gives an independent stereo path through a single component.

The amp (pictured left) was always designated to live in the office, as I spend a significant portion of my day listening to music on reference quality headphones. The output from the PC was just too low to comfortably drive them. So I knew an amp would be needed. Continue reading Bravo Audio