There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, those who don't. - Unknown

I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code. - Unknown

Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. - Morpheus

Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems. - Morpheus

Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead, try to realize the truth. - Spoon boy

The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. - Morpheus

Sooner you're going to realize the difference between knowing and walking the path. - Morpheus

Welcome to the real world... a world without rules or controls, borders or boundaries. - Morpheus

Have you ever had that feeling...where you're not sure if you're awake or still dreaming? - Neo

A robot may not harm a human or, by inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. - Isaac

Tell me, Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call when you are unable to speak? - Agent Smith

Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.- Yoda

The answer is out there. It's looking for you. And it will find you if you want it to. - Trinity

He tells me to do, to choose between that and the Matrix, I choose the Matrix. - Cyper

Machines didn't know what chicken tasted like, so that's why chicken tastes like everything - Mouse

Soon will I rest, yes, forever sleep. Earned it I have. Twilight is upon me. - Yoda

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. - Han Solo

And I am C-3PO, human-cyborg relations. And this is my counterpart R2D2. - C-3PO

You're faster. Don't think you are, know you are. Stop trying to hit me and hit me. - Morpheus

we have no choice but to continue as planned. Deploy the sentinels. Immediately. - Agent Smith

Matrix is a computer-generated dream world built to keep us under control. - Morpheus

You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind. - Morpheus

You are the One, Neo. You see, you may have spent the last few years looking for me. - Morpheus

The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner, now I am the master. - Darth

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Hi, I am Balakumar Muthu

I am an Award-winning Entrepreneur (Asia Innovation Award - SingTel, Singapore), currently working towards the great mission to make the world a better place to work. I've been Designing and Building Web softwares for more than 17+ years, an Full-stack Designer & Developer, Web Software Consultant for Japanese Companies, Creative DIY Hacker and a Geek based in Asia.

My strong expertise includes building Smart Web applications, UI/UX Design and Development, Growth, Branding, Ecommerce, IoT, Making creative & enjoyable stuffs, Typography, Developing Social Networking Platforms (SNS) & Blogging Applications, Product Prototyping, SEO and Open Source Technologies. Overall my passion and expertise evolves around all sorts of things, starting from creative ideas & concept, design, development & implementation of various kinds of innovative products.

I enjoy simple things — nature, reading, trying different flavour of tea, zen philosophy, making mistakes & learning from them, DIY hacks, Japanese culture and a die-hard fan of Comics.

Awards & Honours for My works


Awarded the “Asia's Top 50 Apps 2011 Award” (winner lists) from SingTel, Singapore.

Winner of "Red Herring 2010 Asia Award" (finalists) - 2013 & 2010 for Technology Innovation.

First Prize Winner of "Java Master Contest", conducted by Sun Microsystems and BenQ Siemens Germany and many other technology and design contests.

Sun Microsystems Duke's Choice Awards” 2006 - *** "Hello World(s)!" From Code to Culture: A 10 Year Celebration of Java Technology ***, Book.

Sun Microsystems appreciation for testing early versions of Java Platform.

Java.net published my Java Duke Holiday Pictures from 1000's of submission.

and much more.

Some of My Previous Ventures

LoveLogger the world's first Collaborative Blogging & Social Network for Pairs and has received a great response in China and Japan. It was launched way back in 2008, even before the release of current popular pair apps like Couple, Pairy, Between, Hey, Cupple.

SweetCircles one of the earlier Blogging-based Social Networking platform, an Blogging app with Social networking features. SweetCircles was also ranked as world’s top 50 hosted blogging platform by Alexa.com.

Press and Media Coverage for My works


Me and My works have been featured at ZDNet Asia, Economic Times, Yahoo! Japan, MSN Japan, Sina.com, 100shiki.com, Japan.Internet.com, Livedoor.com, Yangtse.com, Idoican.com, Kaoshi.edu5a, shm.com.cn[pdf], Infoseek.com and many other popular sites.

Notable Works & Contributions

Created Google Kids – a search engine for kids prototype, for demonstrating during my Google India Interview in 2005.

Designer of DevCamp India Official Brand and WikiCamp India Brand.

Being a big lover of Linux & Open source movement, organized the free "Ubuntu Dapper Drake T-Shirts Contest" to create more awareness and interest to the community.

Well proficient in User Interface and Usability study and have published usability study report on Yahoo! Flickr, MSN Hotmail and Rediff.com. It's also been featured in Google Blogoscoped.com and WebProNews.com.

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

Blogger, Wikipedian, Writer

Editor of Wikipedia, contributed for more than 100's of Wikipedia pages in various topics in Computer/Internet Technology category.

Contributing writer of DeveloperIQ Magazine on the latest Web Technologies. My most popular articles includes in CSS 3, HTML 5, JQuery, Eclipse Plug-in Development and Google Technologies.

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. It is also listed in 'Favorite Blog lists of Sun Microsystems' Web Blog in 2005. Made my own blogging site at Yahoo! Geocities as geocities.com/i5bala (screenshots) in early 2002.

Some of my Fun projects : 100Percentof.me, CrosswordCaptcha.

Conferences & Unconferences

Speaker and Mentor for NurtureTalent Startup Boot Camp at IIT Madras.

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.

Contact Me

Personally, you won’t find me on Facebook. If you want to reach me to discuss with any projects or to just say hello, mail me at balakumar.muthu@gmail.com.



  •           My Guru Swami 

Vivekananda

    "... get up, and set your shoulder to the wheel-how long is this life for? as you have come into this world, leave some mark behind. otherwise where is the difference between you and the trees and stones? - they too come into existence, decay and die..."
    - Swami Vivekananda


My Happy Diwali Wishes to You!! :)

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iBelieve : iPod Fashion with Passion!!

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The iBelieve is a $13 cap and lanyard for the iPod shuffle that turns the player into a cross when hung around our neck. Cool idea with "fashion with passsion" for the god!! :) >>

Nokia E61 Smartphone

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Nokia Introduces E61 smartphones, which gives mobile professionals a competitive edge, increasing productivity, and enabling more timely responses and the ability to make important decisions. The Nokia E61 is optimized to provide superior mobile email performance, with the ability to view and edit attachments and still deliver uncompromised voice functionality. Good wide screen. >>

Ten Most Feared People in Sports

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FOXSports listes ten most feared people in sports, which includes Roger Federer in 9th place, Inzaman-ul-Haq in 3rd place and the first place goes to Mike Tyson not just for boxing, but also for bitting Evander Holyfield's ear off in the summer of 1997 ;). >>

Flock : Yet Another Mozilla Browser

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Flock is a Mozilla-based browser, and looks and feels a lot like Firefox which is a good thing indeed. It packs a bunch of new features, mostly built around bookmarks, blogging, and photo sharing. It is build on variety of sites, services, and add-ons. We have to wait and see what it has in the browser space. >>

My Blog Worth is ...


My blog is worth $9,597.18.
How much is your blog worth?


My blog, i5bala.blogspot.com, is worth $9,597.18 :) and Check out this little applet using Technorati's API which computes and displays our blog's worth using the same link to dollar ratio as the AOL-Weblogs Inc deal.Although, It's value is not perfect, or maybe even realistic, but it is still very interesting. You too can check your blog and know it's value. >>

Attended IBM DeveloperWorks Live Session!!

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Yesterday, I attended the IBM DeveloperWorks Live Session on Migrating and developing new applications for Linux. The Whole session is full of real-time demos on how to basics like Samba to XAD and How to convert Microsoft codes like VB, MFC to Linux-based.

They also explained about the Rational Software development tools, Bridging Technologies. Although the session was just for 4 hours, I have learnt lots of cutting edge technologies with GREAT demos. Finally, every one of us were given IBM Software Evaluation Kit DVD which has DB2, Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, WebSphere Software for Linux Platform. I Just LOVE to attend such interactive sessions. You too can order the DVD for free of charge at:

http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/offers/linux-speed-start/


Thank you IBM :)

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Balakumar Muthu

rCard : Next Generation Business Cards

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rCard is not just another business card, But it is an card with little LCD screen, rechargeable battery, up to a gig of flash memory, a USB port, and navigation buttons, the rCard lets companies build their sales pitches and promotions right into the card. It also has enough processing power to perform simple applications, so companies can use them to give away little games or build them into larger promotions or sweepstakes events. >>

OpenOffice 2.0 released

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OpenOffice 2.0 one of my favourite multiplatform and multilingual office suite is released. With it's new features, advanced XML capabilities and native support for the OASIS Standard OpenDocument format. >>

Attended Macromedia Studio8 Launch in Chennai India

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Last week, I received an invitation for attending Macromedia Studio8 Launch in Chennai India. The speaker explained about the products included in the Macromedia Studio 8:

Dreamweaver 8
Flash Professional 8
Fireworks 8
Contribute 3
FlashPaper 2

Contribute and FlashPaper are bit new to me. FlashPaper seems to be very useful to convert documents, presentations, spreadsheet and other files into Macromedia Flash documents or PDF files with one click and Contribute allows designers and developers from web maintenance, allowing others to very easily for static web contents.

Now Dreamweaver supports RSS feeds, PHP5 and has a well made O’ Reilly references for JSP, XML, XSLT are some of the new features seems highly i4mpressive.

The Studio 8 offers rich functionality and cross-product workflows to create, code, and collaborate quickly. As a regular user of Macromedia products for all my web developments [Dreamweaver] and design [Fireworks] works, I could find lots of useful tips and new features through the sessions.

I demos are really COOL!! :)

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Balakumar Muthu

Apple's New iMac G5 Very COOL

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Apple's new iMac G5 with 17- or 20-inch featuring Front Row software and Apple Remote. Very Slimmer than ever, the gravity-defying enclosure also houses built-in iSight, SuperDrive, wireless and the easy-to-use software that brings it all together. But the Mighty Mouse is sold separately. Apple says iMac G5 was born to entertain. It always “think different” and entertain us, all Mac users like me will accept this!! >>

Google 2084!!

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Just look at what Google is going to search in 2084. But, even now Google already supports most of the searches given in the list. I strongly believe, it won’t take much time for Google to do such searches, must be within 2035. Google will also enable us to search the Information’s in other planets too, why not??, even in 2005 we are able to search the earth with Google most accurately. So there no doubt, that we will be getting much more powerful search in 2084. What do you feel??

Kill Our Television

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Just visited the “turnoffyourtv.com” website, it really made me think and how most of us are wasting our time and highly addicted to Television. Although watching TV is useful to some extent, we need such space to keep us away from TV. As Steve Jobs said:

"You watch television to turn your brain off and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on."

Is there is any site like turnoffyourpc.com ??? ;) >>

Google Reader!!

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Google Reader makes it easy to find and subscribe to online feeds to help users organize and stay up-to-date on the ever-increasing amount of web information they consume on a daily basis. Provides a very clean and seems to be like a real-time desktop application. I tried it, it's really Co0l!!>>

Why I Hate Apache Web Server [No, Not Me ;)]

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Read on this PDF, explains why generally normal users faces some problems with Apche Web Server. Interesting to read. >>

Java and Google Toolbar Teamup!!

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Sun has announced an agreement with Google to distribute the Google toolbar along with consumer Java downloads from java.com. They will be adding some options to the Windows JRE installation from java.com. These options will allow downloading and installation of the Google toolbar as part of the Windows JRE installation. It will be options. If someone doesn't want these tools they can easily opt out and still download and install the JRE. Hope to except lots of Great things happens between Sun and Google. Cool na!! :) >>