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nmake: Installing PyQt In Windows 7 with Visual Studio .NET 2010

For those of you interested in pursuing Python development involving a front-end GUI made from Qt, and don't know how to get started on Windows 7, this is what you need to do.  This could generalize to any software you might wish to install with the "nmake" tool, which allows you to "configure", "make", and "make install" different software packages in much the same way you would on a Linux box.

My setup:

Windows 7 machineWindows 7.0 APIs installed (C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0A)Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Ultimate (will hopefully work with Express too)First, for our specific purpose, download and install Qt if you haven't done that already.  It'll take so long that you ought to have plenty of time to run the next step (building SIP) in parallel and still have time to play at least a couple rounds of solitaire.
In general, before you build from any Makefile in Windows, download and unzip your sources into a known loc…

Livin' La Vida SSD

The other day, I upgraded my laptop's hard drive from a 500GB 7200rpm drive to a 500GB Samsung 840 EVO solid-state drive.  I purchased the SSD from Newegg.com for $290.00 (which is probably the most I've paid for a drive since 2007), and after taking about a week to get packaged by their warehouse and UPS taking their sweet time to get it over here, it finally came time for me to clone the contents of my HDD over to my SSD.

The performance of my HDD had been dismal, especially as it became more full of Heaven knows what.  (This is still an issue, hence why I recently downloaded Mark Russinovich's "du" program for Windows, so I could analyze which directories contained the biggest wastes of space.)  As you'll see if you watch the video, it took over seven minutes for my computer to become responsive enough to be useful after a cold boot.  Windows itself took a real long time to spin up, then it took even longer for my desktop icons to come up so I could actuall…