How to download Salesforce Data Loader Mac aka ‘Saga of Sorrow’

This should not have been so hard. I couldn’t find, for the life of me a link to download the Apex Data Loader for Mac. I search and searched and finally found it in the release notes for the Winter SF release.

Inside SF, go to Setup>Data Management>Data Loader. There you are finally presented with a link.

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Why Salesforce couldn’t just put a link out there, I don’t know. So hopefully someone finds this while Googling and it saves them some time.

Sometimes I can’t stand Salesforce… ?

UPDATE: To open “Data Loader” you need to install the legacy Java SE 6 runtime.

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Download it here –

Downloaded and installed. Then you get this error: “Data Loader” is damaged and can’t be opened. You should move it to the Trash.

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Found this Stack Exchange post. Data Loader Download Not Working on Mac which has this solution: “Go to System preferences, Security and Privacy, click the padlock, type in password, check option Allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere.”

This worked. So I opened it and it worked. However logging in doesn’t work. I know the username and password are correct but Data Loader tells me “Error logging in to Salesforce. Please check your username and password.”

Found this Stack Exchange post. I get an error logging into Apex Data Loader. “Please check your username and password”, which tells me I have to add your security token to end of your password. What?!

Problem is there are other things using that token, so I don’t want to reset it. But someone asked this here, Can I get my security token without having to reset it?, no you can’t. So I need to reset it.

Moral of the story is, Salesforce is awful, and Stack Exchange saves the day again.

Also, if you have to use the Data Loader, first, try Works way easier, don’t need the silly security token, don’t need to install Java. Seriously check it out.

How to Remove Adobe Updater from Mac menu bar

This was really hard for me to find, so putting this here so someone maybe can find it in Google.

How to Remove Adobe Updater from Mac menu bar:

You have to rename Creative Cloud in Utilities>Adobe Creative Cloud>ACC>Creative Cloud. I simply added a letter after it so that it read “Creative CloudX” — this is temporary.

Then open the old Application Manager (just use the menu bar icon) and it should actually open the old one and not the new CC one; deselect the “show updates in menu bar” option in Preferences and the icon will disappear. Revert new CC name back to “Creative Cloud.” Done.

Hospitals smell funny

I recently flew home to help out my family. My sister was in the hospital so I picked up some of the family duties like cooking, driving kids to events, cleaning etc.

I also spent a few days in the hospital helping my sister. And I have decided two things. I don’t like hospitals. They smell funny.

Unicorns on Dribbble


For a new project I was looking for examples of unicorns on Dribbble. Found a few I really liked, so I thought I would make a list of them here, to maybe save someone some time in the future. All images are linked to their source.

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Dropbox can’t upload a huge file.

Here is my problem. I have a very large Photos Library on an external hard drive that I want to back up on Dropbox. This file is pretty bid, at about 250gb.

I don’t have enough space on my computer to copy that file to my Dropbox folder in order to sync it. If I did have enough space on my computer hard drive, I could just copy it over, sync it, and then remove that file from my Selective Sync so it is only on Dropbox, not on my computer. But I do not.

And I recently found that the Dropbox web uploader has a limit of 10gb.

So I am in a pickle. I asked the question on Web Apps Stack Exchange. Will update if/when I find a solution.

Twas the Night before iPhone…

Apple, as the the lone wolf can change the world. Will they?

Twas the night before iPhone and all cross the land…

Each writer was guessing the Apple event at hand.

Bad poetry aside and with apologies to Clement Clark Moore I am about as excited as a kid on Christmas about the Apple event tomorrow. It will be streamed live and I cannot wait. I will be happy with a new amazing iPhone but, because Apple can do more, I want more.

Apple Can Change the Industry

I have read quite a few blog posts and opinion pieces about just what Apple will reveal. I particularly liked on by Drew Wilson asking if Apple will keep dreaming. One quote particularly stood out:

“They can, more than anyone else, literally do anything they want.”

Apple has the ability to singlehandedly influence the direction and velocity of tech. The are the lone wolf. They do what they want, and in many cases, it is exactly what the whole industry wanted and needed but didn’t have the power to do. In 1984 they started putting computers in front of normal people. In 1998 Apple killed the floppy disk. In 2007 they made computers truly mobile and killed Flash. Apple could simply release a better iPhone and something to check off the wearable category. Or they could profoundly change computing, technology and computers as we know them.

I don’t want a Watch

I also strongly agreed with Garrett Gee about NOT wanting a watch. I don’t want a watch. I don’t wear a watch and don’t care enough about the time that checking my phone (or the 16 different clocks around the apt) can’t tell me perfectly well. I don’t really care about the time to know it all the time. I do care about my body and my metrics to know them all the time. I want something more than a watch (or less) and packed with sensors. This post by James Gill brings up important points about what a watch like device would have to be or do. (Battery, ability to forget your wearing it, control system etc)

So here is my wish list, and then what I think will actually happen.

Wish List

    1. Health sensors for days. Heart rate, temperature, location, altitude, food tracking? Remember this Apple fitness commercial? — much more of this please.

2. Bigger better iPhone with better camera, battery life, much more resistant to breaking.

I really don’t want that much for Christmas Santa, I mean Tim.

Prediction List

I mostly agree with Grubers list:

  1. A8 processor, both iPhones sharing same internals. Only different is battery life, screen size, and display size.
  2. There will be a much bigger iPhone. People want it, Apple is skilled enough to make a huge phone not stink.
  3. Something related to home automation. Apple is building a huge 3 story structure next to the hall. I think it is a model home to show off HomeKit goodness.
  4. Sapphire screens.

Crazy bold outlandish Predictions

  1. Wearable will actually be a new iPod with wireless headphones.
  2. Is Oliver Cameron right and the wearable will be called the Moment?
  3. Apple bought the company behind the Kinect, so to control a too small screen hand gestures can be used via Michael Love.
  4. All new headphones will be influenced or connected to Beats by Dre.

We are at t minus 11 hours till the event. Will we witness a smart refresh with nice new hardware and a couple of cool features similar to TouchID? Or… will we witness a landmark event like unto the original iPhone keynote (which I have watched about 5 times)? Only time will tell.


CrossFit: Prepare to Die

Tomorrow at 8am, I will attempt my first CrossFit workout. Needless to say, I think I am going to die.

If you don’t know what CrossFit is, the standard definition is “It’s an effective fitness program consisting of constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensity”.

That sounds a little a lot of buzzwords to me.  Basically, from what I understand, CrossFit is functional movements (jumping, throwing, lifting etc) with crazy stuff thrown in (gymnastics, endurance runs, swimming etc).

I hope by tomorrow afternoon I can be like this baby.

Finished a CrossFit workout, didn't die.

The First Movie Trailer was shown in 1912. Or 1913.



I love movie trailers. I love the hints and promises that they give. It is one form of advertising that I love.
I am particularly excited about two trailers.

Despicable Me 2 and Iron Man 3.

Did you know that they are called “trailers” because they used to be shown at the end of the film? A quote from Paramount executive Lou Harris explains:

“The first trailer was screened at Rye Beach, a New York-area amusement park, in 1912.  One of the concessions hung up a white sheet and showed the serial “The Adventures of Kathlyn.” At the end of the reel Kathlyn was thrown in the lion’s den. After this “trailed” a piece of film asking Does she escape the lion’s pit? See next week’s thrilling chapter! Hence, the word “trailer,” an advertisement for a coming picture.”

Of course other sources claim the first trailer was shown in 1913 to advertise a Broadway play.

If you take the time to analyze trailers you find they all usually have a 3 part structure. From Wikipedia:

“They start with a beginning (act 1) that lays out the premise of the story. The middle (act 2) drives the story further and usually ends with a dramatic climax. Act 3 usually features a strong piece of “signature music” (either a recognizable song or a powerful, sweeping orchestral piece). This last act often consists of a visual montage of powerful and emotional moments of the film and may also contain a cast run if there are noteworthy stars that could help sell the movie.”

After watching a ton of trailers (I had to do lots of “research” for this post) I found that trailers are still the best form of advertising out there.