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Python, TkInter, OSX (OS X) and making it all behave

I use Python a lot. Python 2.5.1 to be specific. And inside Python is TkInter, which, with a little work, will give you a handy way to put a GUI together. But there are problems. To say that TkInter is poorly supported and poorly documented under OSX is to understate the case rather dramatically. So you’re left to Google for answers, and mostly, they aren’t to be found — or if they are, they aren’t obvious or easily found. So I’m going to provide some answers here that have taken me quite some time to collect, and hopefully keyword and title them so that a Google search will actually get you to the solution you need sooner rather than as much later as it did me!
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What I’d like to see on the iPad 2

Pretty much like everyone else, I’ll start with cameras – two of them. One that faces the same way as the display, for use in video back-and-forth with other people. The usability of this is obvious, and the cost is low (if Apple can’t find a small, high performance video camera, they simply aren’t trying.)

But I’d also like to have a rear-facing camera for taking shots of the things around me while I can still see the display. This way, you can properly frame the pictures. This would be extremely useful for driving bookshelf, shopping, inventory and look-up software, such as Delicious Library, which keeps track of all your DVDs by looking up the UPC codes, or Red Laser, which gives you the high and low prices for anything you scan using the Internet to do the search.
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