Exlusive Mac Nano Photo

Brandon over at xyHD.tv has an early photo of the new Mac Nano. Some people were apparently lucky enough to get review units ahead of the actual launch. Based on what little we can see in the photo, the Mac Nano is taking design cues from the Apple TV, with a thin silver box and no optical drive. Considering I haven’t installed a disk on my Mac Mini ever, losing the optical drive won’t hurt my feeling any. Word on the street is we won’t actually see the Mac Nano until Black Friday, which means the clock is ticking on your chances of picking up the newly refreshed Mac Mini. I haven’t seen the back side of the Nano, so it’s hard to tell what the video output is, but with that thin form factor I’m hopeful to see both DVI for my monitor and HDMI for my HDTV. No word yet on pricing or complete specs.

Are MSWMM Files Mac Compatible?

“How do I convert mswmm files to a Mac compatible file?”
mswmm files are the project format for Windows Movie Maker. The files tell Windows Movie Maker things about your video editing project like what video clips are used, which audio files you imported, which transitions go between which clips, and which effects are used. These files are essentially readable only in Windows Movie Maker and will definitely not work on a Mac. The two options for saving out a video file from Movie Maker are either DV-AVI or WMV. To create a Mac-compatible video file, open the mswmm file in Windows Movie Maker, save the movie at the highest quality setting WMV or preferably as a DV-AVI format file. Import this finished AVI or WMV file into iMovie or other Mac video editing application.

Connect360 for Mac OS X

Mac OS X streaming support may never officially live inside Xbox 360 consoles, but that doesn’t mean Mac owners must go without. The same smart team behind PSP media conversion app PSPWare is back with MP3 and JPG streaming solution Connect360. The app automatically indexes all MP3s in your iTunes library and JPG photos in iPhoto, making them available to any Xbox 360 over a wired or Airport network. With Connect360 active on your Mac, Xbox 360 consoles will automatically detect your Mac and your Mac will detect your Xbox 360. An Access Control List provides control over which Xbox 360 gets access to your Mac, so no need to worry about streaming tunes to the neighbors. While this isn’t quite as full featured as the Windows Media Connect experience or the Media Center Edition experience, it’s certainly cheaper than buying a PC. [Mac OS X $10.00]

Remote Desktop for Mac OS X

I am trying to use Remote Desktop to connect to my PowerBook from work. How can I connect to my PowerBook running Mac OS X remotely from Windows XP?
Microsoft makes a Remote Desktop client for Mac OS X which allows you to connect from Mac OS X to Windows XP, Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2003 server. Unfortunately, this software is client only, meaning it doesn’t provide a host connection for Windows XP to connect to your Mac. The Mac Remote Desktop client software is free, so it’s not without advantages. Apple sells Apple Remote Desktop for small businesses and enterprise installations wanting to connect between Mac machines, which uses free third-party software to connect to Windows XP. Apple charges $299 for 10 client connections or $499 for an unlimited client solution. Fortunately, the best solution for connecting between Mac and Windows bypasses Apple’s solution altogether as freeware.