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, Designer & Developer, Web Software Consultant, Linux Administrator, Creative DIY Hacker and a Geek based in Asia. I've been designing and building softwares for more than 15 years, currently working towards the great mission to make the world a better place to work.

My strong expertise includes building Smart Web applications, Holistic minimal UI Design and Development, Branding, Typography, Making creative & enjoyable stuffs, 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, trying different flavour of tea, reading, zen philosophy, making mistakes & learning from them, DIY hacks, Japanese culture, Singularity 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. link-1, link-2, link-3.

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

  •           Self-made man

    Self- made man, the statue I greatly admire and the principle I strongly believe. "... left to his own devices, man will use his god-given talents to be creative, productive, and 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..."


Mobile's in 2005


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Russell Beattie, the mobile device guru listed out the Mobile phones in 2005. Lots of new phones, with more new features. It looks that Motorola RAZR is dominates the U.S. market. Look at the top most selling phones in US. >>

A Stereotypical Geek ;)

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Nokia 888 Concept Phone

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The Nokia's concept phone 888, breaks the normal conventional design and but allows us to morph into any design we wish, roll it, bend it, clip it, whatever way we like. The device uses liquid battery and a flexible touch screens. Quite amazing phone prototype.
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iPod Madness!!

iPod Madness for iGoodness… ;)
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Time Magazine’s Best Inventions 2005!!

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Time magazine lists the Best Inventions for 2005, lots of great wonderful prototypes have been listed. >>

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Wallet for iPod Nano

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Marware CEO Billfold Wallet for iPod Nano helps to keeps our iPod handy while protecting it from the destructive forces of keys, coins. Like other iPod cases, the wallet lets you plug in headphones and a charger without removing your nano. >>

FortyFaces

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Philipp Lenssen of blog.outer-court, has created a new site called FortyFaces.com. Whenever a blogger updates his post, a picture of that blogger will be shown top. Forty faces will be shown at a time. That's a cool interesting fun idea!! :) >>

Google Base

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Google Base is a place where we can easily submit all types of online and offline content that Google will host and make searchable online. We can describe any item we post with attributes, which will help people find it when they search Google Base. In fact, based on the relevance of your items, they may also be included in the main Google search index and other Google products like Froogle, Google Base and Google Local. >>

How to Run a Successful Free Software Project : Book

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How to Run a Successful Free Software Project by Karl Fogel, is a book about the human side of open source development. It describes how successful projects operate, the expectations of users and developers, and the culture of free software. Quite Interesting to read on!! >>

iPot !! :)

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Just another Cool use of Old Macs!!

BeleniX Live CD Release

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BeleniX is an OS distribution that uses the OpenSolaris codebase and what's more special is it is developed in SUN Microsystems Bangalore division India. BeleniX was developed over a period of 3 months and it demonstrates the fact that Solaris is now a truely Open Source operating system. It is currently a LiveCD distribution but is intended to grow into a complete distro that can be installed to hard disk. Hats off to all the people who have involved in the Project :), keep up the good work guys!! >>

Mac Users are More Smarter!!

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People who surf the Web using a Mac tend to be better educated and make more money than their PC-using counterparts, according to a report from Nielsen/NetRatings. The study also said Mac users tend to be more Web savvy, with more than half having been online for at least five years. And the Mac faithful are 58 percent more likely than the overall online population to build their own Web page and also slightly more likely to buy goods online, according to the report. That must be sure like Apple the user too think different and work the smater way.>>

GAIM: Instant Messenger Tutorial

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A simple tutorial on GAIM: a multiprotocol instant messaging client, by Scott M. Morris. It explains about Setting up of GAIM for various IM. Good primer to bring users who have no experience with GAIM to speed with the basics. >>

Cool Illusion Applet

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Just watch the movement of the rotating pink dot, you will only see one color, pink. If you stare at the black + in the center, the moving dot turns to green. Now, concentrate on the black + in the center of the picture. After a short period of time,
all the pink dots will slowly disappear, and you will only see a green dot rotating if you're lucky! It's amazing how our brain works. There really is no green dot, and the pink ones really don't disappear. This should be proof enough, we don't always see what we think we see. >>