ANNOUNCEMENT: Connecting Point will be closed Sunday, March 31st

Colorful Easter eggsConnecting Point’s Medford location will be closed Sunday, March 31st, in observance of the Easter holiday. (Our Bend location isn’t open on Sundays.)

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. We’ll see you Monday. Peace.

Deal of the Week | Mar. 29, 2013: Wireless-G Color Netcam with Mic, Night Vision for $39.99

Wi-Fi Network Camera with Microphone for $39.99We live in an age of constant surveillance.

It feels like no matter where you go – road intersections, convenience stores, highway passes, retail storefronts, warehouses, banks – there’s a camera pointed at you. And the big search engines have cam-planes flying overhead and cam-cars rolling down our streets, snapping photos of… well, everything. It’s not paranoia when somebody really is watching your every move.

Well, now you can strike back – with your very own surveillance camera, one that can connect over Wi-Fi or Ethernet to your computer, even if that computer is halfway around the world. Because this particular video camera has its own web server built into it, meaning it can route a video feed to computers connected to your local area network (LAN) – or across the Internet itself.

Best of all, it costs only 40 bucks. Find out all about it here.

Connecting Point a sponsor of 12th ashland independent film festival (AIFF) | April 4-8, 2013

12th ashland independent film festival - April 4-8, 2013The ashland independent film festival is five days of the highest-quality independent film, held in historic Ashland, Oregon. The Washington Post called it “a dream you’ll never want to leave.” Every spring, Southern Oregon buzzes with the excitement of the AIFF. Over 7000 film lovers gather at the historic art-deco Varsity Theatre, in the heart of downtown Ashland, to watch over 80 films in five days. Filmmakers of the documentaries, features and shorts come from around the world come to engage with the audience after each screening and at the festival’s Opening Night Bash and Award Celebration parties with local wine, beer and gourmet food. Special guests have included Helen Hunt, Albert Maysles, Bruce Campbell and more. The film festival is one of the reasons Ashland is included in the popular travel guide A Thousand Places to See Before You Die.

This year Connecting Point is proud to be, for the first time, a sponsor, providing iMac computers and a wireless printer for the festival’s Hospitality Suite. We urge you to support the thriving arts community in our area. Visit the AIFF’s website to see the rich variety of films being presented at this year’s festival.

Deal of the Week | Mar. 22, 2013: USB-Powered Color-Cycling LED Stars for $4.99

USB-Powered Chain of Color-Cycling LED StarsYou probably spend a lot of time on or around your computer. Your workspace is an important part of your life, so why not make it as comfortable and attractive as possible? And what better way to enhance your computer environment than with a chain of cool color-cycling LED stars? They plug right into any open USB port – no batteries or AC adapter required. And at a price just south of five bucks, you can afford to buy several – to give away as gifts to friends, relatives, co-workers, bosses, and random strangers.

Find out all about this week’s DOTW here.

KUDOS: Medford Service Tech Russ Rowell earns special recognition from Apple

Apple Certified Macintosh Technician Russ Rowell

Russ Rowell, Apple Certified Macintosh Technician par excellence

We’re pleased to announce that veteran Service Technician Russ Rowell, who works at our Medford location, was recently recognized by Apple Inc. as one of the best in the business. Here’s what they said:

“Congratulations! Your hard work has placed you among the top performing Apple Certified Macintosh Technicians in North America’s Apple Authorized Service Provider channel. Technical metrics and survey satisfaction scores attached to your repairs demonstrate technical acumen, attention to quality and strong customer focus.” – Nicole Goldberg, Apple Field Service, North America

Hats off to Russ for his diligence, hard work, professionalism, and attention to detail. Thanks for all you do!

Deal of the Week | Mar. 15, 2013: USB Circus Cannon with Three Rockets, Circus Net for $7.99

USB Circus Cannon with three rockets and circus netReady. Aim. Fire!

Most of the time, our DOTWs are geared toward helping you get things done faster, or better, or cleaner. They’re productivity aids or device enhancements – aiming to help you and your computer be all you can be.

Not this week. This week, we’re bringing you a small, gaudily-colored circus cannon that plugs into your USB port. A circus cannon you can aim and fire using your keyboard, your mouse, or (if you have one) your joystick. It fires three foam-tipped rockets up to 10 feet, at velocities exceeding what you might reasonably expect. And it serves absolutely no useful purpose, other than having fun.

And that’s OK.

Find out all about it here.

SOFTWARE UPDATE: Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.3 Update

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Time to go under your Apple menu and select Software Update.

Yesterday, Apple released a substantial update to Mountain Lion. Mac OS X v10.8.3 Update adds several new features (including the ability to install Windows 8 under Boot Camp, support for 3TB hard drives under Boot Camp, and a new version of Safari) and squashes a few bugs. It’s recommended for all Mountain Lion users.

If you’re interested in details, read all about the update here.

Deal of the Week | Mar. 8, 2013: Large-Print Glow-in-the-Dark USB Keyboard for $9.99

Klear Keys XL Glow-in-the-Dark USB KeyboardLooking for a high-quality, spill-resistant, full-size 104-key USB keyboard that works with pretty much any recent model computer? How much would you pay? $20? $30? What if the keys were printed in high-contrast black-on-green, with incredibly easy-to-read oversize letters? $50? $60?

What if the dagnabbed thing glowed in the dark?

Well, this week, you can get such a keyboard, which normally retails for $49.99, for an almost criminally cheap $9.99. Find out all about this week’s DOTW here.