SERVICE BULLETIN: Apple AC Wall Plug Adapter Recall Program

Apple AC Wall Plug Adapter Recall ProgramA small number of Apple-branded AC wall adapters are being recalled:

“Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the two prong Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for use in Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Argentina and Brazil may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. These wall plug adapters shipped from 2003 to 2015 with Mac and certain iOS devices, and were also included in the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit.”

Follow this link to determine if your adapter is eligible for free replacement. If you do, contact Connecting Point SERVICE. They’ll take care of everything for you.

Deal of the Week | Feb. 26, 2016: Apple Thunderbolt Display for $799 (reg. $999)

Apple Thunderbolt Display on sale for $799.99 at Connecting PointMore than just a stunning 27-inch high-resolution LED-backlit display, the Apple Thunderbolt Display is the ultimate docking station for Mac notebooks. It lets 
you move data between your Thunderbolt-enabled Mac and compatible devices with lightning speed. A Thunderbolt port, a FireWire 800 port, three USB 2.0 ports, and a Gigabit Ethernet port make it a plug-and-play hub for everything you do. The Thunderbolt port alone lets you connect as many as six devices.

You’ve never seen a display quite like this:

  • Thunderbolt I/O technology for lightning-fast data transfer and daisy-chaining up to six peripherals
  • Works with all Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computers, including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, 
Mac Pro, and Mac mini
  • 27-inch glossy LED-backlit widescreen display
  • 2560-by-1440 resolution
  • Thunderbolt port, FireWire 800 port, three USB 2.0 ports, and Gigabit Ethernet port
  • MagSafe connector that powers and charges your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Built-in FaceTime HD camera and microphone
  • Built-in speaker system

Our everyday price for the Apple Thunderbolt Display is $999.99, and it’s an excellent value at that price point. But this week, while they last, we’re selling them for just $799.99!


This offer runs from Friday, February 26th to Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, or while supplies last. Limit one display per customer. Sorry, no rain checks. TM and © 2014 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.

TUTORIAL: How to sign PDFs using OS X’s Preview app

Although a fully paperless office remains tantalizingly in the future, we get closer all the time. For many people, one of the most annoying uses of paper is the signature dance. You know how it goes—someone sends you a document via email that you need to sign, so you print it out and sign it. Then you have to figure out how to send it back: scan and email, run through the fax machine, or pop it in an envelope and mail it. There’s a better way, and it’s been built in to every copy of OS X since 10.7 Lion.

That’s right, the app you use to look at PDFs and images on the Mac boasts a feature that makes the signature dance a thing of the past.

You’ve likely used this surprisingly powerful program many times over the years: Preview. That’s right, the app you use to look at PDFs and images on the Mac boasts a feature that makes the signature dance a thing of the past. First, you create an image of your signature using either your Mac’s camera or its trackpad. Then you can drop that signature image into any PDF with just a couple of clicks, save the file, and email it back.

Follow these steps in Preview in OS X 10.11 El Capitan (earlier versions of OS X are similar):

  • Open the PDF you need to sign in Preview.
  • Click the Toolbox icon Preview app icon in the toolbar to reveal Preview’s markup tools.
  • Click the Signature icon: image02
  • To use the trackpad to make your signature, click Click Here to Begin, and start signing. Press any key when you’re done. Honestly, this is hard to do with a finger—click Clear to try again—so if you have a rubber-tipped iPad stylus, use that to make the writing easier. Click Done once you have a signature you like.
  • For an easier method, sign your name using a thick black marker on a white piece of paper that’s blank on the back. Then click Camera and hold your paper up to the camera. You can keep moving it around until the entire signature fits in the window and isn’t angled oddly. Once Preview captures it, click Done.image01
  • To sign the current PDF and any others in the future, click the Signature icon again and click your signature to insert it as a graphic that you can move around in the document and resize to fit into the appropriate space.image05

That’s it—you now have your own digital signature stamp! One final tip. You can create and insert multiple signatures, and while the authorities frown on forgery, Preview makes it easy for an assistant to affix the boss’s signature to documents that don’t need the real thing.

Three ways Connecting Point can PUMP UP YOUR COMPUTER for max performance

PUMP UP YOUR COMPUTER promo - Feb. 2016Every new year, a lot of us resolve to get back into shape. But what about your computer?

Has it been acting a little… flabby lately? Takes forever to boot up. Loads apps and documents oh so slowly. Or maybe it seems to be grinding away on something – anything– other than what you’re working on.

Connecting Point SERVICE can help. We’ve got three highly effective ways to PUMP UP YOUR COMPUTER:

  1. First, a MEMORY UPGRADE. More RAM gives your computer’s operating system and apps more room to do their work, making it noticeably faster. Memory is pretty affordable right now, so we recommend maxing out your computer.
  2. Second, a SOLID STATE DRIVE, or SSD. SSDs have no moving parts and are many times faster than hard drives (which it replaces). Once we install them, most of our customers say it feels like they’re using a brand new computer. And your old hard drive can be put into an external USB enclosure for additional storage.
  3. Third, a SYSTEM TUNE-UP. We’ll scan for viruses and malware, check all ports and components, update the operating system, and clear out unneeded programs.

One or more of these options can make a drastic difference in the performance of your system.

So let Connecting Point’s  Service Department PUMP UP YOUR COMPUTER. Mac or PC, laptop or desktop, bring your system in before the end of the month and we’ll go over your options. It’s like a gym membership for your computer, except you don’t have to wait months – or drink kale smoothies – to see the results. Plus, print out this page and bring it in with you (or show it to our Service Writer from your mobile device), and we’ll knock 10% off your total bill.


This promotion runs from February 18th through 29th, 2016.

Deal of the Week | Feb. 12, 2016: Kensington MicroSaver Keyed Laptop Lock for $10 (reg. $45)

Kensington MicroSaver Keyed Laptop Lock for $9.99 (reg. $44.99)Protect your notebook from theft by locking it down. T-Bar locking mechanism and super-strong carbon tempered steel cable provide maximum protection that attaches to the industry standard Kensington security slot found in 99% of notebooks.

  • 6 ft, 5.5mm carbon strengthened steel cable anchors your notebook to a desk or immovable object
  • Attaches to 99% of notebooks with the T-Bar locking mechanism for superior strengthBuilt-in defense system guards against lock tampering
  • Safe Pro exceeds industry standards for tough security applications
  • Free Register & Retrieve on-line key registration for secure key replacement

The retail price for this security system is $49.99, and our regular price is $44.99. Yet this week, while they last, we’re crazy enough to let them go for a mere $9.99. Now you have no excuse for not locking down all your expensive electronics.


This offer runs from Friday, February 12th to Thursday, February 18th, 2016, or while supplies last. Sorry, no rain checks.

On February 3rd, 2002, we ran the worst Super Bowl ad ever – on purpose.

A long time ago, in a retail landscape far, far away, we had this crazy idea for a Super Bowl spot.

The premise: We blew all the budget on the airtime, and left absolutely zilch for producing the commercial itself. That first part was absolutely accurate: Even though this spot only ran on the local FOX affiliate here in southern Oregon (KMVU FOX 26), it still cost…, well, it cost a lot. Like, budget-breaking, spreadsheet-crippling a lot.

But we wanted to give it a go, and arranged for a video shoot with a game FOX 26 crew. We shot it in our stockroom, throwing dead computer peripherals from a stepladder, and pulled in unwitting staff members as extras. The on-air “talent” was Connecting Point GM Jeff Thomas and Marketing Director Tom Pentland. The whole thing took roughly 15 minutes to shoot (at the most). During editing, the bilious fluorescent green and pink graphics were reluctantly added by some very skeptical pros in the FOX 26 video production department.

The result? What has to be one of the crappiest, ugliest, most unprofessional Super Bowl spots ever. It aired during the Big Game – Super Bowl XXXVI, in which the New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 – on February 3rd, 2002. You’re welcome!

On the eve of the Super Bowl’s 50th anniversary, we thought it might be fun to revisit an earlier, more innocent time. Also, it serves as a sort of nostalgic snapshot of vintage computer gear, including the original “bubble back” iMacs. Enjoy.

Deal of the Week | Feb. 5, 2016: Mini-cube speaker/FM radio/clock/jukebox $9.99 (reg. $30)

Portable rechargeable flashing LED mini-cube speaker/jukebox/clock/FM radio for $9.99 (reg. $29.99)A great-sounding mini cube speaker that does so much, yet is small enough to take anywhere! It’s not only portable – it’s rechargeable, via the nearest available USB port. It’ll play from any source that supports its 3.5mm stereo jack (and yes, a cable is included). It’s a digital clock, with flashing LEDs on demand. Its built-in FM tuner and antenna let you capture over-the-air broadcasts. It even has a microSD card slot, allowing you to load up a media card with your favorite tunes or podcasts and play away. All in an ultra-portable two-inch cube.

In short, you’ll quickly find this an indispensable traveling companion. Normally selling for 30 bucks, this week we’re letting them go for a crazy-low $9.99.


This offer runs from Friday, February 5th to Thursday, February 11th, 2016, or while supplies last. Sorry, no rain checks.BANNER-DOTW_yellow_reflect_640x160