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लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु

Lokāḥ Samastāḥ Sukhino Bhavantu
may all beings everywhere be happy and free, may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

I am Balakumar Muthu, an International Award-winning Entrepreneur, TEDx fellow, and Technologist, who received the Top 50 Asia Innovation Award from SingTel in Singapore, Red Herring Asia Award, Java Master Award conducted by Sun Microsystems and BenQ Siemens Germany and Top 100 Startups Award at NASSCOM Product Conclave (NCP).

With over 17 years of experience and strong expertise in Software Consulting, UI/UX Web Design, and Development. I specialize in architecting, designing, and building web applications to address both technology and business challenges across various domains, such as Software as a Service (SaaS), E-commerce, Usability, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Apps in Ed Tech, Retail Tech, Prop Tech, Med Tech, Freight/Logistics Tech, and Food Tech. Additionally, I have experience with Social Networking Services (SNS) and Blogging platforms (CMS/Wiki).

Early contributed member of World Wide Web Consortium (W3.org), W3C HTML 5 Working Group and Internet Society (ISOC) India Chapter.

Passionate about Indian and Japanese culture and philosophy, I am a practitioner of Hatha Yoga and an avid travel and culture photographer, documenting my journeys at CasualWalker.com.

You can ping me @ balakumar.muthu@gmail.com for all things exciting and engaging!

Awards & Recognitions, I have received

Awarded the "SingTel, Singapore - Asia's Top 50 Innovation Award” (winner lists) and the Winner of "Red Herring Asia Award" (finalists) for Technology Innovation.

My Startup was selected as one of the "Top 100 Startups" to get showcased at NASSCOM Product Conclave (NCP), Asia's largest platform for Product and Startup Companies to connect with Software Product leaders.

Selected at Google India - Interview as one of the Top 5 Finalists out of 16,000 + people applied. Created Google Kids – a search engine for kids prototype for demonstrating during my Google India Interview.

First Prize Winner of "Java Master Award " contest, conducted by Sun Microsystems and BenQ Siemens Germany.

Received Sun Microsystems Duke's Choice Awards - 10 Year Celebration of Java Technology and Sun Microsystems appreciation for my contribution to the early versions of Java Platform.

TEDx Fellow and Mentor for NurtureTalent Startup Boot Camp at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

My Previous Startup LoveLogger, the world's first Collaborative Blogging & Private Network for Pairs, which received a great response from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and China. LoveLogger was awarded the “Asia's Top 50 Apps 2011 Award” (winner lists) from SingTel, Singapore. It was also featured in many popular magazines & portals from Japan, Korea, and China. This product was launched even before the current popular pair apps like Pairy, Between, Hey, Cupple.

Selected as the Official Honorary Reporter for the Korean Culture and Information Service of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Early contributed member of World Wide Web Consortium (W3.org), W3C HTML 5 Working Group and Internet Society (ISOC) India Chapter.

My Expertise & specializations

I specializes in most aspects of Web business, including strategy, creative, design, development and it's growth. My strong expertise and experience includes Front-end development, UI/UX Design & Usability Expert, Branding, Content Management System (CMS), E-commerce, Software as a service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Singularity, Web Security, Firewall, User Onboarding, Typography, Developing Social Networking Platforms (SNS), Product Prototyping, SEO and Linux & Open Source Technologies.

My Personal Interests

I enjoy travel & photography, yoga, rock climbing, simple things — nature, reading. I love philosophy, art, culture, highly interested and passionate about the Indian, Korean & Japanese traditions, trying different flavors of tea, Wabi-sabi, Zen philosophy, making mistakes & learning from them, DIY hacks, and Western movies and Comics.

My Works featured at press / media

My works have been featured & covered by ZDNet Asia, Economic Times, British Council India, Times of India (TOI), Citizen Matters, Yahoo! Japan, MSN Japan, Infoseek, Japan.Internet.com, Livedoor.com, Google Blogoscoped, Netscape.com, Java.net, Webpronews, Planet Mozilla, Linux Toy, DeveloperIQ, Sina.com and many other popular Asian publishers. Java.net published my Java Duke Holiday Pictures from 1000's of submission.

Writings & My Contributions

Wikipedian contributed to more than 100's of Wikipedia pages in various topics in the Computer/Internet Technology category. Contributing writer of DeveloperIQ Magazine on the latest Web Technologies.

Curator of Casual Walker a Travel & Culture - Photography journal and guide, focuses on a wide range of visual stories - connecting travel, culture, places, events, art, reviews, technology & books. Casual Walker is ranked as the Top 75 Travel Blogs in India. view.

Co-organizer of Mozilla Firefox Party India, for the most early release of Firefox 2 and the IdeaCamp Pune. Regular to Tech meetups from BarCamp, BlogCamp, WikiCamp Unconferences to Sun TechDays, BEA Dev2Dev Days, Oracle Developer Forum, Google Developer Days and many other tech conferences. Attended Sessions with David Axmark, CoFounder & VP of MySQL and with Richard Stallman [RMS], GNU Founder Lectures.

Designer of DevCamp India Unconference Official event brand and WikiCamp conference India event brand, participated by Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

Being a big supporter of Linux - Ubuntu & Open source movement, organized the "Ubuntu Dapper Drake T-Shirts Contest" to create more awareness and interest for the early versions of Ubuntu Linux.

My blog is Listed as 'Favorite Blog lists at Sun Microsystems' Web Blog in 2005. Blogging since 2002 and listed as the 'Top 10 Tech blogger' by 'Blog Street India' and rated as the 'Top 50 Tech Blogger' by 'Blogs Top List' in 2005 – 2007. My blog posts have also been featured at Google Blogoscoped.com, Netscape.com, Java.net, Webpronews, Planet Mozilla, Linux Toy and few other popular blogs. Made my own blogging site at Yahoo! Geocities as geocities.com/i5bala (screenshots) in early 2002.

Published Usability report on Yahoo! Flickr, MSN Hotmail and Rediff.com.

My Travel & Culture Photography

Contact & Reach me

Want to work together, grabbing a coffee, or say hello? Good! personally, I have zero presence on Facebook or Twitter. You can ping and text me:


Self - made man
the statue I greatly admire & the principle I strongly believe

“... left to his own devices, man will use his god-given talents to be creative, productive, & prosperous. Using free will, he will better his own situation and that of those around him, thereby influencing in a positive way his own destiny...”

JAVA Platform's New NAMING Architecture!!


The Java 2 platform has been an incredible success. Introduced as a major revision of Java technology in 1999, its editions - the Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition, Micro Edition, and Java Card (which never adopted the "2" in its brand name) -- have become standards in their development specialties.

The Java marketing team met with a large sample of the Java partner community, and the majority were in agreement with the idea of simplifying the naming system for the Java 2 platform: Drop the 2. Expand the acronym. Say "Java."

Starting from the 2005 JavaOne Conference, we all will adopt the new naming system. As future releases of the platform ship,

J2SE 6.0 will become Java SE 6 (code name Mustang)
J2SE 7.0 will become Java SE 7 (code name Dolphin)
J2EE 5.0 will become Java EE 5.
J2ME will become Java ME, because it does not have a version number

That's without the "2"

Current versions as well as older versions of the platform will maintain their current naming (for example, J2EE 1.4, J2SE 5.0, J2SE 1.4.x, and so on).

Shiira: A Mac Browser


Shiira is a full featured tab browser which has a lot of unique features. This page introduces new features of 1.1.

Tab Exposé
The most impressive feature of Shiira is the Tab Exposé. Tab browsing is useful, but it can't show all opened page at once. Tab Exposé shows all pages by the simple way.


Page transition effect:

Tiger provides a powerful graphic library that is called Core Image. That is very great, we MUST leverage it. Shiira uses it for the page transition effect. You can go and back like book reading. It makes Web browsing fantastic.


Firefox bookmarks:

Shiira supports Safari bookmark integration. You can use Safari bookmark without importing. Now 1.1 supports Firefox, too. Firefox user can immigrate to Shiira without any work.


System requirement: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later. >>

Trusting a Bug :)


Mus: Apple Mac mouse



Mus is an one-button computer mouse looks like a cursor, for Macintosh users who know that one-button mice do a perfect job of moving the cursor on the screen. Very good sleek design and idea.

Integrity of A Bug :)


Gigabyte's g-X5 Slider


Gigabyte communications, has introduced its first handset, the Gigabyte g-X5. The Gigabyte g-X5 is an impressive looking, piano black slider handset. The g-X5 supports the GSM 900/1800/1900Mhz bands, and includes a 2.6 million color TFT display along with a megapixel camera. In an interesting twist, the Gigabyte g-X5 includes tri-axis motion sensing, allowing users to interact with games on the handset by merely moving the device in their hand.

Specifications for the Gigabyte g-X5:

Band GSM 900/1800/1900Mhz
Size 96.7mm x 54mm x 25.6mm (3.8" x 2.1" x 1")
Weight 106g (3.7oz)
Battery Life 10 days standby time
250 minutes talk time
Main Display 2.6M color TFT, 176 x 220 pixel resolution
Camera 1152 x 864 resolution
Messaging MMS/EMS/SMS
Java Yes
Polyphonics Yes (64 voice)
Memory miniSD memory card slot

It also has POI, or Points Of Interest, which integrates e-maps with places of interests, restaurants, and tour routes recommended by the magazine Walker.

Bill Gates Poses At 1983 !!



Bill Gates at 1983, hmmm... what a cool nerdy look ;).

source: http://blog.monkeymethods.org

Google mOOn


In honor to the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, Google added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help us pay our own visit to the celestial neighbor. More about Google Moon. Google ROCKS everywhere!! >>

Weird Bug :) !!


Xsan The SAN file system for Mac OS X


Apple's Xsan, an enterprise-class storage area network (SAN) solution that’s affordable. Xsan lets multiple computers concurrently access terabytes even petabytes of storage on Xserve RAID over high-speed Fibre Channel. Xsan version 1.1 takes advantage of the 64-bit file system in Mac OS X v10.4. Xsan costs $999 per node. >>

The Secret Life of the Brain : History of the Brain


The history of our quest to understand the brain is certainly as long as human history itself. Use this extensive timeline to meander through some of the high-lights (and low-lights) of this great journey of understanding. Quite interesting, MUST to see it. >>

surfACE For Mobile Computers


surfACE 1.5 is the versatile and expandable laptop computer support system, its sure to increase our computing comfort and the cooling efficiency of our mobile computer.
When used in an armchair a surfACE totally supports the weight of the mobile computer on the chairs armrests, no weight, pressure or heat transferred to the users legs. >>

RedTacton: Human Area Networking


RedTacton is a new Human Area Networking technology that uses the surface of the human body as a safe, high speed network transmission path. RedTacton uses the minute electric fieldemitted on the surface of the human body. Technically, it is completely distinct from wireless and infrared. A transmission path is formed at the moment a part of the human body comes in contact with a RedTacton transceiver. Physically separating ends the contact and thus ends communication. Communication is possible using any body surfaces, such as the hands, fingers, arms, feet, face, legs or torso. RedTacton works through shoes and clothing as well. Sounds very interesting!! >>

Introduction to LDAP


A good introduction on LDAP, by Kirk Coombs. It explains LDAP directories and their usage. A simple primer to bring users who have no experience with LDAP up to speed with the basics. >>

J2SE Version Names


Most Java 2 Platform Standard Edition have an internal code or project name, as listed below. Starting with Tiger, each version has two version numbers: an internal number, such as 1.5.0, and an external number, such as 5.0.

JDK 1.1.4 Sparkler Sept 12, 1997
JDK 1.1.5 Pumpkin Dec 3, 1997
JDK 1.1.6 Abigail April 24, 1998
JDK 1.1.7 Brutus Sept 28, 1998
JDK 1.1.8 Chelsea April 8, 1999
J2SE 1.2 Playground Dec 4, 1998
J2SE 1.2.1 (none) March 30, 1999
J2SE 1.2.2 Cricket July 8, 1999
J2SE 1.3 Kestrel May 8, 2000
J2SE 1.3.1 Ladybird May 17, 2001
J2SE 1.4.0 Merlin Feb 13, 2002
J2SE 1.4.1 Hopper Sept 16, 2002
J2SE 1.4.2 Mantis June 26, 2003
J2SE 5.0 (1.5.0) Tiger Sept 29, 2004

Future Releases

J2SE 6.0 (1.6.0) Mustang Not yet released
J2SE 7.0 (1.7.0) Dolphin Not yet released

Ban Comic Sans !!


In 1995 Microsoft released the font Comic Sans originally designed for comic book style talk bubbles containing informational help text. Since that time the typeface has been used in countless contexts from restaurant signage to college exams to medical information. These widespread abuses of printed type threaten to erode the very foundations upon which centuries of typographic history are built.

While we recognize the font may be appropriate in a few specific instances, our position is that the only effective means of ending this epidemic of abuse is to completely ban Comic Sans. >>

Mobile GMaps [MGMaps]


Mobile GMaps is a free piece of software that displays Google Maps and Keyhole satellite imagery on Java J2ME-enabled mobile phones or other devices. Mobile GMaps is distributed under the Creative Commons license. We can download, use and distribute the application free of charge for non-commercial purposes. >>

Mobiles Get .mobi Domain


Internet sites tailored for mobile phone browsing will adopt a new and officially approved .mobi domain suffix. The idea is that .mobi sites will make surfing the net via our handset much easier as a set of standards, such fixed screen-size resolutions, will be introduced.

MTLD, the company responsible for rolling out the new .mobi service, is hoping to launch the made-for-mobile domain towards the tail-end of 2006. Early supporters for the .mobi domain include the likes of Nokia, Microsoft, 3, T-Mobile and Vodafone. We’ll be bringing you details on the first .mobi sites as and when they surface, so watch this space.

Interesting Session on Capability Maturity Model(CMM)


Last week, my Software team in our Organization had an interesting session on Capability Maturity Model (CMM), by Mr. K.Sridhar [along with some philosophical examples :) ]. Here are some of the basic concepts, I have learnt on CMM:

CMM was developed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the CMM characterizes the maturity of a software development organization in terms of the processes employed. The CMM identifies five software process maturity levels, from Level 1 "Ad Hoc" to Level 5 "Optimizing". At each maturity level, a number of key process areas represent the critical issues that must be under control for the organization to achieve that level.

The CMM is not a process you can simply implement. It is a guidebook to help you navigate the difficult path from ad-hoc software development to highly effective, mature software processes. It helps to identify best practices useful in helping them increase the maturity of their processes.

It was quite interesting session and helped me to learn lots of concepts on CMM. By the way my organization is a CMM Level 4 company. At this moment I would like to thank Mr. Prasanna and Mr. Jai for helping me to join the session :). Thank You!

Google Earth


Google Earth helps us to view the globe inside our PC. Just point and zoom to anyplace on the planet that we want to explore. Satellite images and local facts zoom into view. Tap into Google search to show local points of interest and facts. Zoom to a specific address to check out an apartment or hotel. View driving directions and even fly along your route. It is free for personal use. A must try for everyone. It also comes as Google Earth Plus [$20] and Google Earth Pro [$400]. Google always Rocks!!. >>

Remote Controlling Linux using Red Carpet


Here is an interesting article about Remote Controlling Linux using Red Carpet by Joe Harmon. It is explained in simple terms, provided with step-by-step along with screen shots. >>

Google Maps API


The Google Maps API lets developers embed Google Maps in their own web pages with JavaScript. We can add overlays to the map (including markers and polylines) and display shadowed "info windows" just like Google Maps. The Maps API is a free beta service, available for any web site that is free to consumers. >>

iPodLinux Project


iPodLinux Project an open source venture into porting Linux onto the iPod. So far, it has successfully ported a customized uClinux kernel to the iPod, and written a simple user interface for it dubbed podzilla. Many additional Applications have been written, adding many capabilities. It has a installation for window and Mac OS. >>

Sony Ericsson P910 : New Symbian Smartphone


The Sony Ericsson P910 is the next generation of high-end smartphones. The P910 is a highly sophisticated smartphone, combining PDA, phone, still and video camera, e-mail and web browser, all in one stylish, mobile package. The P910 has the convenience of a Qwerty keyboard inside the flip and a large, 262 k-color touch screen. It has lots of interesting GREAT features. >>