Fix Disappearing InstallShield Installers by Disabling Windows DEP

The other night I was trying to install Panasonic’s GTWIN on my Windows 7 machine and the installer window would disappear when I got to the installation progress window.  The InstallShield icon would still be present in my taskbar and the processes would still show up in the Processes tab in Windows Task Manager, but the window itself was just gone.

After a bit of googling, I came across a forum post that suggested disabling DEP.  After following this guide on VistaForums, I was able to successfully install GTWIN.


Setup Google Cloud Print on a Raspberry Pi

Google Cloud Print is a great service by Google that allows you to print to your printer from any device that supports the service.  In Google’s words:

Google Cloud Print is a new technology that connects your printers to the web. Using Google Cloud Print, you can make your home and work printers available to you and anyone you choose, from the applications you use every day. Google Cloud Print works on your phone, tablet, Chromebook, PC, and any other web-connected device you want to print from.

Image courtesy of Google’s Cloud Print Android app

The problem with the service is that you need either a computer that is running the service or a printer that supports it.  Since my Brother HL-2270DW laser printer – which is a phenomenal printer – does not support Cloud Print, I needed a computer on all of the time and that’s where the Raspberry Pi (RPi) comes in!  The beauty of the RPi is that it can always be running because of its low power consumption.

Because I’m running the RPi as a headless server, I needed to find a third party application/service that can use Cloud Print.  Dave Steele’s Cloudprint-service provides a nice service that runs in the background and can be installed and updated using his PPA repository.

Update 05/01/2016

A few things have changed with Google Cloudprint and Dave Steele has posted up to date directions here.

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