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cx_Freeze and PySide on Mac

I'd had success using py2app for building Mac binaries for distribution but wanted to give cx_Freeze a go since it's cross platform - allowing builds for Windows, Linux, and more. Unfortunately, attempting to build using cx_Freeze was resulting in errors:

Speed up MATLAB on MacOS X

On MacOS X 10.5 there is considerable slow-down in the MATLAB editor and other GUI elements. The issue is related to a change in the default Mac Java 2D rendering engine from Quartz2D (10.4) and Sun2D (10.5). This newer rendering engine improves performance for figure drawing, but other GUI operations are slower.

Install HomeBrew package manager for Mac

Homebrew is the easiest and most flexible way to install the UNIX tools Apple didn't include with OS X. It provides a simpler alternative to MacPorts, installing under an isolated non-root prefix, symlinked to /usr/local