Adding more purpose to your iMac 27″, use it as monitor for any HDMI device, like your xbox, PS4, media player, set top box, etc. etc. etc.

Just a quick note for those wondering;

YES YOU CAN! Use a 27″ iMac in Target Display Mode with a non-Apple device on the other end of the cable!

The 27″ iMac (last sold in 2010) can be used as DisplayPort monitor. This is important!; the 24″ iMacs that came after the 27″ also have a Target Display Mode, but they require a ThunderBolt connection, as opposed to a Mini-DisplayPort connection.

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USB 3.0 on Macbook Pro 2011

Lucky enough to have a Macbook Pro 17″ with an ExpressCard/34 slot? Then you’re not lucky enough to have built-in USB 3.0. We can fix that! You need to spend about 10 to 15 USD. Interested? Read on! It took me months just to find this post which gave me a 10 minute solution.

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Bluetooth 4.0LE Upgrade for MacbookPro 17″ – Enable handoff, continuity and instant hotspot

Yosemite introduces a lot of great features. I personally love Handoff where you can start a document or e-mail on one device and seamlessly continue it on a different one. I already had it working between my iPhone 5s and iPad Air but soon found that my Macbook Pro did not comply to the technical requirements.

I got it working now! If you want to know how; then read on!

[update oct 2nd, 2015]

With 10.11 El Capitan I followed the instructions to re-enable Continuity and found that my WiFi stopped working (‘No WiFi Hardware Found’). Turns out, all I needed to do was to disable kext-signing check with

Shell commandsudo nvram boot-args=kext-dev-mode=1
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