Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mac Disable Turn Off Startup Sound Boot Chime

I wanted to turn off my mac's startup sound but could not find any built in way through settings to do so. I could not find a definitive solution for this, there is some disagreement on how it should be done.

The only "officially supported" way to achieve this is to have the computer sound be set to "mute" before it is shut down. If the computer is muted at the time of shutdown, it will not play the startup sound on the next startup.

Option 1
Hold down the mute key before pressing the power button and continue to press the mute key through the time the startup sound would normally be heard. This will prevent the sound from being played even if the computer was not set to mute on last shutdown.

Option 2
Create a script to mute the machine on every shutdown. There was some disagreement on whether this was a good solution as support for startup/shutdown scripts could be deprecated in the future. We'll use the LogoutHook to control execution of our script.

(steps below lifted from here:

    0. Check if any hooks already exist (these will be overwritten, so make sure it is OK for you)
    sudo defaults read LogoutHook

    1. Create script file for muting, with the contents below (replace ` with single quote):
    osascript -e `set volume with output muted`

    2. Make file executable:
    sudo chmod u+x /path/to/

    3. Add hooks for muting
    sudo defaults write LogoutHook /path/to/

Note: to delete the hook, use the following:
sudo defaults delete LogoutHook

Hope this helps,

Thursday, May 22, 2014

SalesForce Order Contract Number Not Required Field

In SalesForce, to make the "Contract Number" field of the "Order" object not a required field. Go to

Setup > Build > Customize > Orders > Page Layout

Click the properties wrench next to the Contract Number field:

Uncheck the Required checkbox:

That's it.  Not very intuitive, but easy enough to change.

Hope this helps,
Aaron Hoffman

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Google Analytics Scheduled Emails Not Working

When using Google Analytics it is very helpful to send daily and weekly reports. Google Analytics has the ability to schedule these reports to be emailed, but like many other people (see here:!topic/analytics/1JqNpbSDYac) I was having an issue getting these reports to actually send.

Some of them were working and others were not.  Ultimately I was able to determine that the reports that were not working were being sent to someone other than myself. I was able to resolve the issue by only sending reports to myself, then setting up a forward rule in my email to forward the reports to the appropriate people.

Annoying, yes, but it works. However this way you do get the added benefit of tracking that they are in fact sent, and you can reference the email later and get replies directly from the email.

These emails/reports still seem to be actually sent/generated at random times throughout the day (my last 5 days: 4pm, 1pm, 2pm, 8pm, 7pm), I'm not yet sure how to resolve this issue, but when I do, I'll update this post.

Hope this helps,