CodePlex: Crash a Party Live Mashup/Who Do You Trust?

by Todd Ogasawara

Microsoft Port 25's Michael Francisco lists a bunch of new projects hosted on CodePlex in his blog...


New Codeplex Projects....


Two projects in the alpha development stage caught my attention...


Windows Installer PowerShell Extensions
: Exposes Windows Installer functionality to PowerShell. Head over to this project and read the descriptions of some of the proposed PowerShell Cmdlets. This project should be an interest to watch develop over time.

Crash a Party: This sample mashup uses the Windows Live Contacts Control and Virtual Earth to place your Windows Live Contacts on a map. This one sounded fun. I visited the mashup site linked on the project page and fired up the Live Contacts Control. However, instead of clicking through the contacts and sending them over to be visualized on the Virtual Earth map, I canceled the session. Why? I didn't want to accidently expose my friends to a web app that I hadn't fully investigated. Identity and Trust are the cornerstones of the Web 2.0 world. How do you decide on what and who to trust? I don't even provide my cell number for my Twitter account fearing a SMS deluge that might be caused by a large number of legitimate twittering from friends or an accidental text flood.