New Printer

Our old Lexmark ran out of ink, so we decided to buy some more — inside a new printer. Printers are the packaging that ink comes in.

I picked up a Brother HL-5250DN from NewEgg for $205 shipped. Two hundred bucks. For a monochrome laser that does 30ppm, 1200×1200 dpi, ethernet, duplexing, PCL6, and Postscript 3. What a bargain.

It also supports Bonjour, so I was expecting some plug and play action. I was wrong.

Everything looked good at first. The printer got an IP and I could ping it by name. However, a few minutes later dhcpd3 would come along and delete the A record from bind. The lease was still present, and valid, but I could no longer resolve “printer”.

I eventually gave up and just assigned it a static IP. After four hours. Zeroconf my ass.

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