Brother HL-4150 vs. Linux

I love having a duplexing color laser printer at home, and thanks to my friend John for the recommendation on the Brother HL-4150. However, in the last few months I found that print quality was way out of whack from Linux, last night I found the fix.

What was most curious was that if I printed from Adobe Acrobat, everything was good, but any other program in the system, and the output was jaggy, and the colors were faded. The fix was simple, but took a little while to find.

Make the print url: lpd://(Your printer's IP address)/binary_p1

Life is good again, output looks great, and I don't have to jump through Adobe hoops. And if you are looking for an affordable color home laser printer, I'd definitely recommend this one.

Finished Refinishing

These cedar benches were built by my father a number of years ago, after we took down a bunch of trees on the property, including some 100 year old cedar trees. After 3 years of weathering their original finish had worn through. Based on the success I had with our the cherry bench in the spring, I went to town on these this week.

IMAG0014.jpgThe one on the right is the state of the benches before being touched. The one on the left was after an hour with a belt sander. The cedar red color really jumped back out in the process.

IMG_1290.JPGThis is a look at the benches after the final coat of poly was put on. They are still drying, so there is some artifacting that won't be there once it hardens. I'm very curious how long the deep red heart wood is going to stay that color, or if it will orange like cedar does when exposed to air.