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