Salesforce NPSP Volunteer Training Deliverable

The thought of letting volunteers into the PilotLightChefs Salesforce NPSP instance as users for entering gifts was too terrible to contemplate until I created a restricted volunteer profile that prevented them from doing any harm.

Here’s how I welcomed them into the fold.

Microsoft Sway Tip:  Scroll down and then zoom to full-screen to manually key through the deck’s slides.

IBM BlueMix & Watson API

It’s been a busy weekend of coding. This little python file from #CodeAcademy is piggybacking off an earlier Twitter dev App I made for CDATA’s Twitter ODCB driver.


Still struggling to parse the meaning of comparing my SAAS-focused twitter account, @succellerator, with that of @nickimanaj

The most common personality attributes to be gleaned from each of our most recent 200 tweets are:

  • Depression
  • Sympathy
  • Self-consciousness
  • Imagination
  • Anxiety

Struggling to find the index definition for the first numerical column of our overlap.  But here goes my unofficial interpretation of what it all means.



duh. I score much higher(.38) than she (.04): she’s rich and famous and seems to be enjoying herself.


Perhaps it’s not surprising that a celebrity exhibits less sympathy; I fully concur how that might well be a useful and effective defense mechanism.


Ok, here I’ll give attribute my Yale Education — oh. Wait. it’s not self-awareness. It’s self-consciousness, as in socially awkward. Yeah, I’ll grant that in terms of minimizng that, she has me beat by a country mile.


She’s an artist; she’s expected to have a fertile and febrile (and fecund) imagination.  But I compete reasonably well – and well, here with more seriousness, maybe that Yale education had something to do with it.


Not Quite Sure What to make of that one.

MavensMate IDE for Apex Coding

It’s pretty nifty, and lightening -based.  Uses either Sublime Text or Visual Studio Code for the editing with automatic colors. It’s made following along with SFDC99 Apex Trigger lessons that much more fun, and underscores the power and beauty of the Lightning Experience.

MavensMate Oauth Linked Code IDE

Comcast XFINITY Wifi Pass: Shady Billing Practices

Truly shady – we know we didn’t rightfully earn the revenue, but we’ll only give it back to you if you ask.  Thankfully there’s the #FCC to stand up to such shenanigans. If not for me, then next time Comcast is pleading for a favor.  I had $1500 wiped off my AT&T iphone Rome roaming charges.  I wonder if anything C-suite-originating will happen now.

Text of my FCC complaint

For various reasons, from time to time I have had to purchase WiFi access from Comcast Xfinity. The onramp to do so on my Android is a little buggy – sometimes when you think you’ve completed the transaction, you’re redirected the the start page process. My complaint with that phenomenon is, honestly, more easily directed at google and android.  That said in early September 2016, I found myself deciding to purchase their 30 day pass for $55.  Same pattern: redirected to start page of process – and hating to type on my phone I gave up.  two weeks later I noticed though I had not been granted service, there was a charge on my credit card from XFINITY WiFi for $55.

Worse still, when I called customer service, she was very polite -and didn’t even disagree with me: she told me, I can see here that you were charged but your subscription WASN”T ACTIVATED. She’d organize the refund process. And for that I’m glad. And they confirmed the credit the next day (today). But that isn’t the point.  It should not have taken my pointing out to them the issue; their systems should have a logic built in to notice that.

I work in software integration. So after I hung up the phone, I got exceedingly angry: a company that size KNEW it took my money for a service it KNEW it had not rendered.  They should have had an automated workflow rule and update to process the refund.  It’s simply by luck that I noticed this row (in the horizontal rectangle) among the post-statement transactions depicted in the vertical rectangle.

BELIEVE ME: I need the money more than Comcast does.  I have an MBA from Columbia, and it appalls me that this company would a) treat its customers like this and b) plead for anti-trust and deregulatory agenda when I can think of no more compelling a reason that such company wishes should be, if not thwarted, inspected very, very closely.

Please feel free to cite my case in public. This is disgusting.

For the record, the FCC site is thoroughly modern and pleasant (based on ZenDesk). I don’t know where this idea of inept government lingers so. Oh, right. Ideology.

#FCC #Rules They Matter

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