thank you both! It worked opening in a new window. It must have been my internet settings because the pop up window previously I clicked download and it was taking me back to this page. All is well now.
I am going to continue with my root.
will post how it goes.
Due to the somewhat surprising incidence of problems due to accidentally naming the file update.zip.zip (reported here and via PM directly to me) I invested a pretty good chunk of time and wrote this guide that explains both how and why you should unhide file extensions on your machine if you're going to mess with this stuff.
Then I added this item to "Things you're going to need":
It is my hope that from here forward this issue should not recur.7. Important - read this: Ideally you either understand the nuances of how Windows file extensions behave and can handle the fact that Windows hides them, or, preferably, you've just configured Windows not to hide them. This issue probably trips up as many people as the odd Windows 7 problems. If in doubt, go read my unhide file extensions guide and then come back here when you're done.
P.S. I say "somewhat surprising" in my opening sentence because in the instructions I really felt the wording covered all the bases and should have avoided the issue to begin with:
Obviously it didn't, so I didn't do a good enough job explaining it. Maybe I took it a little too light on the instructions for that step, but I really didn't feel like that part was overly complex for someone who wanted to root their phone. In any event, with a new, nearly 2500 word, guide dedicated to the topic, hopefully I have remedied that defect.3. Do not unzip the MotoCache1_Complete_Root_v1.1-update.zip file that you downloaded in Step 5 of "things you're going to need". You need to copy this file to the root of your phone's SD card and then rename it to update.zip. Note: If on your computer you see the file listed as "MotoCache1_Complete_Root_v1.1-update" (no .zip on the end) then when you copy it to the phone you should name it just "update" (no ".zip"). There are several ways to do this (ADB, mount the phone's file system, etc.). Use which ever you're comfortable with. If you don't know how to do this there are tons of posts on it.
awesome...that was super easy despite my nerves about trying it. The details sound like its a lot...but really its not.
Now..I just rebooted...should I have wiped cache...etc before rebooting?
I actually was going to ask that BEFORE i rebooted...but I accidentally touched the camera button. lol
If someone has actually set something up on a Mac box that works, please let me know (preferably via PM so I don't miss it) and I'll add it to the OP.