FaceBank – Killer of BillMonk ?

BillMonk a social money site which helps you to track the expenses sharing with your friends was profiled on TechCrunch and Arrington was quite much taken by the Idea. You might want to have a look at the links in the bottomt to know what im talking about. And now Facebook has Launched its FaceBank, which seems to be a killer of BillMonk.

The big bullies are turning out to be quite the killers. MySpace nuking singlestat.us and now FaceBank all poised up to nuke out billmonk. Even though MySpace nuked SingleStat.us because it was adding load onto the MySpace servers; FaceBank is very clearly a direct competitor [killer ?] of BillMonk.

Monetization or Feature Bloat

I have always been thinking of how FaceBook would be monetizing its tremendous social network. Now with FaceBank we seem to be already moving in that direction. This actually seems to be a very logical move to me, considering that your social money is tied up with your friends are your pals are all actually inside the FaceBook! This is one simple addition to FaceBook but seems like the move is going to have some really bad repurcussions on other startups in this area.

But whats getting me to think is : Is this direction of a Facebank a clear indication that FaceBook is running out of ideas. By making its API open, it has definitely chosen to tap into the minds of brilliant geeks around the world to build them interesting apps for Free. And with FaceBank coming in, I seriously doubt if really this act is an act of desperation? Clearly this could be one of those shooting-the-gum-on-the-wall-and-see-if-it-works ideas, an act which Google has mastered recently. Putting in everything to just hope that atleast one of them works!

Consolidation as a method of tying up consumers ?

Consolidating the apps is a very common undercurrent here and this looks very similar to the Google myth about atleast one team of 10 engineers working on one very interesting idea in the world. And Im already wondering that if any of the other products or applications with requirements for a network to be present can already use the existing networks: More succintly put will FaceBook be that monster that is going to put its network to use by just churning out new cooler applications thought out by entrepereneurs and just use its network to nuke them out.

I wont however pay my obituaries to BillMonk as yet. It looks like an excellent service and not sure how many people are comfortable mixing up fun with serious money! I mean I never know when FaceBook will suddenly turn out to be my Life Manager?! And moreso who hasnt heard that Bulk slows you down; FaceBooks heading in that direction perhaps?

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Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna

I wanted badly the complete poem ‘Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna’ {rendered brilliantly by Atul Kulkarni in ‘Rang De Basanti’} scripted by Ram Prasad Bismil. This post will be the end for that search:

Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai.
Dekhna hai zor kitna baazuay qaatil mein hai

Karta nahin kyun doosra kuch baat cheet,
Dekhta hun main jise voh chup teri mehfil mein hai
Ay shaheed-e-mulk-o-millat main tere oopar nisaar,
Ab teri himmat ka charcha ghair ki mehfil mein hai
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai.

Waqt aanay dey bata denge tujhe ay aasman,
Hum abhi se kya batayen kya hamare dil mein hai
Khainch kar layee hai sab ko qatl hone ki ummeed,
Aashiqon ka aaj jamghat koocha-e-qaatil mein hai
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai.

Hai liye hathiyaar dushman taak mein baitha udhar,
Aur hum taiyyaar hain seena liye apna idhar.
Khoon se khelenge holi gar vatan muskhil mein hai,
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai.

Haath jin mein ho junoon katt te nahi talvaar se,
Sar jo uth jaate hain voh jhukte nahi lalkaar se.
Aur bhadkega jo shola-sa humaare dil mein hai,
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai.

Hum to ghar se nikle hi the baandhkar sar pe qafan,
Chaahatein liin bhar liye lo bhar chale hain ye qadam.
Zindagi to apni mehmaan maut ki mehfil mein hai,
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai.

Dil mein tuufaanon ki toli aur nason mein inquilaab,
Hosh dushman ke udaa denge humein roko na aaj.
Duur reh paaye jo humse dam kahaan manzil mein hai,
Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaare dil mein hai.
Dekhna hai zor kitna baazuay qaatil mein hai.

Yoon khara maqtal mein qatil keh raha hai baar-baar,
Kya tamanna-e-shahaadat bhi kisi ke dil mein hai.

Update: Another version of the same, from one of the kind commentors on this blog, Aaryan Collun Sutherland. The comment deserves a complete space in the post, so here it goes.

 

Something i found on the net the other day… wished to share it with you all… Hope it contains the omitted verses of the poem

Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna
Ram Prasad Bismil

Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein Hai
Dehkna Hai Zor Kitna Baajuen Qaatil Mein Hai
Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein Hai
Dehkna Hai Zor Kitna Baajuen Qaatil Mein Hai
Waqt Aane Pe Bata Denge Tujhe Hai Aasmaan
Kya Baatein Hum Junoonein Shok Kis Manzil Mein Hai
Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein Hai
Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna

Dooriyaan Umeed Ki Na Aaj Humse Choot Jaaye
Milke Dekha Hai Jine Woh Sapne Bhi Na Root Jaaye
Hausle Woh Hausle Kya Jo Sitam Se Toot Jaaye
Hausle Woh Hausle Kya Jo Sitam Se Toot Jaaye
Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein Hai
Dehkna Hai Zor Kitna Baajuen Qaatil Mein Hai
Tere Sone Roop Ko Hum Ek Nayi Bahar Denge
Apne Hi Lahoon Se Tera Rang Hum Nikhaar Denge
Desh Mere Desh Tujhpe Zindagi Bhi Waar Denge
Desh Mere Desh Tujhpe Zindagi Bhi Waar Denge

Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein Hai
Dehkna Hai Zor Kitna Baajuen Qaatil Mein Hai
Khushboo Banke Mehka Karenge Hum Lelahti Har Faslo Mein
Saas Ban Ke Hum Gun Gunayenge Aane Wali Har Naslo Mein
HumKhushboo Banke Mehka Karenge
Hum Lelahti Har Faslo Mein
Saas Ban Ke Hum Gun Gunayenge Aane Wali Har Naslo Mein
HumAane Wali Aane Wali Naslo Mein Hum

Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein Hai
Dehkna Hai Zor Kitna Baajuen Qaatil Mein Hai
Waqt Aane Pe Bata Denge Tujhe Hai Aasmaan
Kya Baatein Hum Junoonein Shok Kis Manzil Mein Hai

Version 2:

Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein Hai
Dehkna Hai Zor Kitna Baajuen Qaatil Mein Hai
Sarfaroshi
Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein Hai
Dehkna Hai Zor Kitna Baajuen Qaatil Mein Hai
Dekh Sakta Hai To Bhi Dekh Le Aye Aasmaan
Hausla Yeh Dekh Ke Qaatil Badi Mushkil Mein
Sarfaroshi Sarfaroshi Sarfaroshi
Sarfaroshi Sarfaroshi Sarfaroshi
Sarfaroshi Sarfaroshi Sarfaroshi

Apne Hi Lahoo Se Likhenge Hum Apni Daastaan
Zaalimon Se Cheen Lenge Yeh Zameen Yeh Aasmaan
Apne Hi Lahoo Se Likhenge Hum Apni Daastaan
Zaalimon Se Cheen Lenge Yeh Zameen Yeh Aasmaan
Sar Fire Jawan Hum To Maut Se Bhi Na Darre
Aansh Aye Desh Pe Yeh Kyon Gawara Hum Kare
Mulk Pe Qurbaan Ho Yeh Aarzoo Dil Dil Mein Hai
Sarfaroshi
Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein Hai
Dehkna Hai Zor Kitna Baajuen Qaatil Mein Hai

UPDATE

Courtesy of Aravind [aravindNOSPAMdotNOSPAMagarwalNOSPAMatNOSPAMgmailNOSPAMdotcom] heres the same poem in the devanagari script. All the credits for this hindi vesion goes to araving, I’m just posting his comment in this post verbatim:

सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है
देखना है ज़ोर कितना बाज़ुए कातिल में है

करता नहीं क्यूँ दूसरा कुछ बातचीत,
देखता हूँ मैं जिसे वो चुप तेरी महफ़िल में है
ए शहीद-ए-मुल्क-ओ-मिल्लत मैं तेरे ऊपर निसार,
अब तेरी हिम्मत का चरचा गैर की महफ़िल में है
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है

वक्त आने दे बता देंगे तुझे ए आसमान,
हम अभी से क्या बतायें क्या हमारे दिल में है
खैंच कर लायी है सब को कत्ल होने की उम्मीद,
आशिकों का आज जमघट कूच-ए-कातिल में है
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है

है लिये हथियार दुशमन ताक में बैठा उधर,
और हम तैय्यार हैं सीना लिये अपना इधर.
खून से खेलेंगे होली गर वतन मुश्किल में है,
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है

हाथ जिन में हो जुनून कटते नही तलवार से,
सर जो उठ जाते हैं वो झुकते नहीं ललकार से.
और भड़केगा जो शोला-सा हमारे दिल में है,
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है

हम तो घर से निकले ही थे बाँधकर सर पे कफ़न,
जान हथेली पर लिये लो बढ चले हैं ये कदम.
जिन्दगी तो अपनी मेहमान मौत की महफ़िल में है,
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है

दिल में तूफ़ानों कि टोली और नसों में इन्कलाब,
होश दुश्मन के उड़ा देंगे हमें रोको ना आज.
दूर रह पाये जो हमसे दम कहाँ मंज़िल में है,
सरफ़रोशी की तमन्ना अब हमारे दिल में है
देखना है ज़ोर कितना बाज़ुए कातिल में है

यूँ खड़ा मौकतल में कातिल कह रहा है बार-बार,
क्या तमन्ना-ए-शहादत भी किसि के दिल में है.

moviez

Found Omkara to be okayish. Hyped up expectations. Saif is definitely a real find, no doubt. And I found it hard for the directors choice of Viveik. He hardly evokes any feelings of sympathy or pain. Neither did Kareena. I actually was rooting for Saif.

A new Telugu movie ‘Bommarillu’ has swept me off my feet, totally, unconditionally. Genelia is just awesome and Im in love with her character. Im off to watching it again very soon. Dont necessarily think Ill get tired of it. Its just pure brilliance. Money spent on it till date: 120/- + 53/- + 50/- + 70/-. Surely this ones not going to stop.

Have decided to not go for KANK; but the Dhoom 2 trailer is whats tempting me to.

Don looks amazing. Just hoping it will provide me the bang for my buck. Hope this new Don Shahrukh looks convincing and ruthless enough

Tag Meme

Ok, heres now for a bit of vanity. Tagged by Tanushree, heres me following the tradition(or to say to make up for the lack of posts).

I am thinking about…
making a hiking trip; biking or roadtrip is no issue.

I said…
something bad today, something good a few days ago.

I want to…
bungee jump.

I wish…
I could get the heart to say  ‘No’ and then not think about it ever again.

I hear…
voices of people whose names i cant remember.

… I wonder…
about everything.

I regret…
nothing.

I am…
a mix of contradictions!

I dance…
only in disco parties.

I sing…
in my mind every living moment.

I cry…
whenever I see tales of exemplary human sacrifice.

I am not always…
thinking about my PC or myself.

I make with my hands…
biryani, non-veg curries, veg curries, painting & sketches.

I write…
poems, stories & articles.

I confuse…
people who feel all people can be categorised into one or the other.

I need…
a really bad exhausting workout.

Passing the meme to Sabita, Manas, Kunal and Rakesh.

media 2.0 ?

I thought the individual reporting was well on the cards. Individuals as journalists which has already been practically seen by all in the form of blogs and podcasts. Flickr, Blogger have always been source of such news (but not much accredited by the main stream media). But with this move of a mainstream media like BBC, this might be just the new rise of media.

I definitely missed this move in a biiiig way. More details here

KayPee’s Believe it or Not [1]

This is a true incident I heard during dinner from my … & its truly worth a chain mail and I really wish this will spread laughs and also some knowledge about the pathetic state of some colleges’ teachers.

A newly appointed professor in his first week in college is sitting in front of a Windows PC and types in a letter in Notepad. When finally he wants to take a printout of the text, he finds that there is no printer attached to the PC. He finds that the PC next to it has a printer. So he gets a briliant brainwave and does something really mindboggling to get the printout from the other PC. What is it?

Hints:
a. Both the PCs are not connected to each other (either indirectly or through LAN)
b. He does not have any other plug n play storage device (usb drive, floppy, CD, etc)
c. He is a professor of Computer Science(Operating Systems)

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Answer:

He selects the text in notepad by Right Click -> Select All. Then he does a Right Click -> Copy. He then disconnects the mouse from his PC, takes it and connects it to the other PC, and does a Right Click -> Paste !!! No wonder, nothing got pasted.