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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'm Balakumar Muthu, an International Award-winning Entrepreneur, Technologist, received Asia Innovation Award from SingTel – Singapore, Software Consultant, UI/UX Designer & Developer with 17+ years’ experience in architecting Web Applications solving technology and business challenges, Love building Software products, Travel & Culture Photographer, TEDx Fellow, Hatha Yoga practitioner, Minimalist, Creative DIY Hacker and a Geek based in Asia.


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 venture 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 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 150 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 Current Reading List: Books


❝ If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.❞

my 2019 - 2020 full reading list: 95 books

View My Reading List...

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 and 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...”

Hacking Subclipse: Subversion [SVN] Plugin for Eclipse

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A good article about "Hacking Subclipse: Subversion [SVN] Plugin for Eclipse" by Eugene Kuleshov shows how to install, configure, and use Subclipse. As a user of Subclipse, I find this article quite simple and higly useful. If you are a Subclipse user, a must to read on... >>

Best 10 Tech Podcasts of 2005

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Podcasting, a format to publish rich media like audio and ultimately video by use of RSS, has come of age in 2005 with an estimated world wide audience of 4.8m people compared with just 800k in 2004. Here is the list of 10 best podcasts from 2005. Good one to check out!! >>

Google's 2005 Zeitgeist

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A look back at 2005 from Google, representing some of the most popular searches this year on Google. The list has more Apple's iPod stuffs, even xbox too... but I don't find anything from AJAX coming in the list ??!! >>

Yahoo! Open Shortcuts

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Yahoo! Open Shortcuts, allows to Use custom keywords from the convenience of any Yahoo! Search box to instantly navigate to any URL on the Internet, Easily recall common searches on Yahoo!, Quickly search favorite sites, Jump start frequently used Internet applications. It's very cool to create "Yahoo! Open Shortcuts", I have created my own shortcut for my webblog as "!5bala" [ya not i5bala]. Just type !5bala in the yahoo search, to automatically link to my site. Yahoo! Open Shortcuts, also has some predefined shortcuts for !amazon, !ebay, !wiki .

To create your own shortcut just use the command !set like:

!set "shortcut_name"

It's so simple, I just love it :) !! what do u think of it?? >>

Mozilla Firefox Flicks

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Mozilla Calls all Firefox Fans like us to join in celebrating the launch of Firefox 1.5 and the amazing people who have made the first year a raging success. Last year at Spread Firefox they launched community marketing into the mainstream with written testimonials. This year they're taking it "live" with video testimonials and ads. From the casual user to the creative professional, Firefox Flicks is your opportunity to speak out for Firefox and express yourself in front of a worldwide audience. Read on to learn more about how to you can make a difference. >>

Steve Jobs : Business Week's Best Leader !! :)

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Business Week lists the Best Leaders among them Steve Jobs takes the first place. Apple with Steve continued to set tech’s fashion agenda in 2005 with products such as the iPod nano and the video iPod, as well as the Mac mini, Apple’s cheapest computer ever. Indeed, no exec sits astride both the technical and creative worlds as much as Jobs, who also runs powerhouse Pixar Animation Studios, maker of megahits such as Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. Hats off to you Steve !! :) >>

Apple Icon Garden

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At Apple Computer's Research and Development Campus in Cupertino, California grows a garden unlike any other in the world. The photographs are not altered to include the icons; they are grown in the garden naturally. These pictures were merely taken, processed, scanned, and lightly touched up to correct for color and distracting lampposts. >>

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Nike's iPod Nano Armband

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Nike recently introduced its first iPod-specific accessory. The Nike Sport Armband, designed to hold an iPod nano during exercising or other activity, is made with lightweight Nike Pro Compression fabric and Dri-FIT material and is machine washable. The armband is available in two color's gray/orange and black/gray and in two sizes small/medium and medium/large. Cool way to workout with iPod Nano. >>

How to configure LUM on SUSE workstation

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A simple, good tutorial on configuring Linux User Management (LUM) on SUSE workstation. Explained in step-by-step by Edward van der Maas, with screenshots. Great for newbies. >>


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