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Insignia NS-PCY5BMA Bluetooth 4.0, Macintosh Yosemite 10.10.2, and Handoff

Posted on May 19, 2015

Insignia NS-PCY5BMAWith the release of Yosemite and iOS 8.1, came a new way to connect the many Apple devices that one person can have. This method known as Continuity and Handoff allows a phone call to be answered on a Macintosh computer and transferred to an iPhone along with access to continuing to edit an email from one device to another. These are just a couple of examples of Apple’s new feature set. See Apple’s explanation here.

The feature is designed to work only with newer model Macs and can leave some of us, including Hackintoshers, out of the mix. The requirements call for Bluetooth 4.0 and certain WiFi chipsets to natively enable the feature. Some work from the community has given us the “Continuity Activation Enabler” for older Macs and can even work for some Hackintoshes that have a Bluetooth 4.0 adaptor that is natively support Out of the Box in Yosemite. A cheap Bluetooth adaptor can be found in a lot of places online, but local availability of a solution can be limited.

Best Buy sells at least one Bluetooth 4.0 dongle under their in-house brand Insignia model NS-PCY5BMA. Luckily for us, it sports the Broadcom BCM20702A0 chipset which OS X Yosemite supports, but just not in the Insignia flavor. To enable Handoff, we must get a working Bluetooth 4.0 adaptor at the start. The Insignia one can be used after it is enabled in OS X. What we will look at today is how to get OS X to recognize this adaptor, and then activate the Handoff feature. This guide should work for any adaptor that has the BCM20702A0, but is not recognized under the Bluetooth section in the System Information window. read more

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Fix iMessage on Yosemite

Posted on March 17, 2015

Apple-logoFirst off, Happy St. Patricks Day!

It has been a question that many Hackintoshers have been trying to solve since the release of the Yosemite betas last year. How do we get iMessages to work? Many have tried and many have failed. What has seemed to lack is a good comprehensive guide covering a wide range of scenarios.

This guide over at Tonymacx86 is a pretty detailed resources and should help you get your setup going. You are best to use the Clover Bootloader as is seems to handle the manual values as well as NVRAM much better then Chimera/Chameleon. I will note the chapter I followed for each setting in my setup.

Anytime I would try to sign in to Messages, I would get the “An error occurred during activation. Try again.” message. This was good news for me since I just had to make sure Clover had the right serial numbers and so on. Some situations will still require you to call in to Apple to have them whitelist your serial and some other values. For my situation, all I needed to make sure I had valid was:

  • Product Name (SMBIOS and found one matching my hardware using MacTracker) Chapter 4.2
  • Serial Number (Generating one in Clover Configurator and verifying at Apple Selfsolve) Chapter 4.1
  • SmUUID (Generating a random one using uuidgen in the terminal even to know my board did not exhibit the Sid bug) Chapter 5
  • ROM (Using MAC Address of my ethernet minus the colons) Chapter 7.1
  • MLB (Serial number that I generated plus 5 random alpha/numeric characters) Chapter 7.1

I also made sure that all of my configs for iMessage and iCloud were deleted prior to doing anything as to make sure I started as fresh as possible. (Chapter 3.3)

Note on the SmUUID. It is better to generate a unique SmUUID and not assume that your motherboards will work with Apple’s servers. Just run uuidgen from the terminal 4 or 5 times and use that value in Clover Configurator. Also make sure, as is detailed in chapter 3.2, that your ethernet and wifi are labeled as enX and showing as Built-In for this to work right.

Once all of these were set up with correct values, I did need to change my Apple ID password. Once reset, I was able to login and send/receive iMessages once again. Once you have correct values, you will want to always use these with your particular motherboard/cpu combination as to not blacklist that system in the future as long as Apple does not change their verification process again.

And finally, a big shout out to jaymonkey who has spent countless hours keeping his guide up to date. Without his collection of information, iMessages would not be functioning on Yosemite Hackintoshes.

 

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Worthington

Posted on October 5, 2014

I have been privileged with the opportunity to portray the character of Ezra Griswold, an important pioneer that helped plan and settle the town of Worthington in 1803. Worthington is now considered to be a suburb of Columbus, but is it’s own City in own rights.

Ezra Griswold was a good friend with James Kilbourne, the man whom envisioned the settlement of Worthington. Together, with the established Scioto Company, these men created one of my favorite parts of the Columbus area.

I was lucky to be able to attend the private community premiere on this past Wednesday. The episode is one of the best they have done in the series. I suggest that you take a peak at the following extended trailer.

The full episode will premiere on TV tonight at 8pm on WOSU, and will be on rotation thereafter. I hope that they release the full episode online at some point and will share it here if they do.

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Windows 7 Coming Update or Windows 9 Preview?

Posted on April 13, 2014

20140328-214831.jpgNow that the Windows 7 Update 1 has begun to make its rounds, could Microsoft be getting ready to push yet another update with GUI changes?

Engadget reports that Microsoft Asia is working on testing some new ideas with the tiles in the MetroUI interface. Some of the features they are testing include the ability to interact with the tile without having to launch the program. Microsoft Asia is looking at better integration with desktop apps and the interfacing with tiles.

It is unknown if these new ideas will become part of some future release of Windows, either Update 2 for 8.1 or Windows 9. It does add “interesting” to the vocabulary of what might become part of the Windows ecosystem.

Head on over to Engadget to see a few videos on the new ideas.

Engadget – Microsoft tests Live Tiles you can use without leaving the Start screen