Java's thread sleep() function is much more accurate than Matlab's pause() function.
The MCR_CACHE_ROOT environment variable can reportedly help to speed-up deployed Matlab executables.
The ScreenCapture utility uses purely-documented Matlab for capturing a screen region as an image from within Matlab.
Matlab Command Window text can be formatted *bold* since R2011b.
Several Matlab utilities enable reading/writing spreadsheet data (including XLS files) in Macs, Linux.