Data Loader Error Message Fix: Failed to parse detail

If you have gotten the following message: Failed to parse detail: START_TAG seen …</sf:exceptionMessage><sf:upgradeURL>… @1:752 due to: com.sforce.ws.ConnectionException: unable to find end tag at: START_TAG seen …</sf:exceptionMessage><sf:upgradeURL> … @1:752 Or something like that while trying to load in to Salesforce.com Data Loader, try upgrading your version. I had 35.00 and 37.00 both fail where a…

Silly Admin Trick: Date Formats without adding Zula Time

Microsoft Excel…it loves to format dates in a crazy way. By default it will do day dash 3 digit month name and 2 digit year like this: 13-Sep-2016. Not helpful. In the U.S. your first instinct would be to change it to 2-digit day dash 2-digit month dash 2 or 4-digit year: 10/13/2016. Salesforce.com does…

ERROR: std::bad_alloc

If you are using CSVFIX and running UNIQUE against a large data set you have to remember that CSVFIX loads the entire file in to memory to do the processing. So if you get this…check and watch your environments memory. Mine only had 3gig…it could use a little more for parsing 3+ million rows. ERROR:…

Quick Tip: CSVFIX Skip First Line

Update Oct 2017 – For most csvfix commands the ‘-ifn’ command will also skip the first line. I say most as I know that it does not work for “read_dsv” which is ok as long as you are not combining files in addition of converting to CSV. The below solution is also good if you’re getting output…

Silly Admin Trick: Page Block Text Wrapping

PageBlock, PageBlockSection, and PageBlockTable are all the devil I know this. But I support a lot of legacy Visualforce pages and before we make the jump to the Lightning UI I am updating a lot of these pages and find that the text wraps in the ‘PageBlock’ Title attribute for no reason at all. So this…

iPhone will not power on

Yesterday my iphone 5s randomly decided to not power on. I tried many things including holding the power button, plugging it in, etc. You know, the usual stuff. I thought I had tried everything but one of the phone gurus in my department told me the trick to recovering: hold the home and power button together for 15-30…