வணக்கம் தோழா / नमस्ते दोस्त / Hello Buddy!

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 more than 17+ years’ experience in architecting Web Applications solving technology and business challenges, Travel & Culture Photographer, TEDx Fellow, Hatha Yoga practitioner, Minimalist, DIY Creative 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.

Product developed by me was shortlisted and selected to get showcased at Nasscom Product Conclave (NCP), the India'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 Finalist out of 16,000 + people. Created Google Kids – a search engine for kids prototype for demonstrating during my Google India Interview.

First Prize Winner of "Java Master Contest", conducted by Sun Microsystems and BenQ Siemens Germany. Sun Microsystems Duke's Choice Awards - 10 Year Celebration of Java Technology, Sun Microsystems appreciation for testing early versions of Java Platform.

TEDx Fellow and Mentor for NurtureTalent Startup Boot Camp at IIT Madras.

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

Some of my previous Web products (View 1, View 2) have received a great response from China and Japan. Also ranked as world’s top 50 hosted blogging platform by Alexa.com.

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

My Works has been featured in


Me and My works has been featured at 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


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.

Wikipedian, 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.

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...”

My Exciting Visit to Sun Tech Days 2006 & NetBeans, Solaris Day Chennai, India: Photos !! :)

Last week I have visited Sun Tech Days 2006 conference held in Chennai, India on 7th & 8th. The experience was quite amazing to gather together to meet top Sun JAVA global evangelists, industry experts / leaders and developers and have a face-to-face interaction with them. Being there gave me the feeling of being at Java One :).

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I am posting the photos, I have taken during the wonderful moments in the conference. Hope you too enjoy it, like me !!

After the Welcome note by Bhaskar Pramanik, MD of Sun Microsystems India, The session started with “East Meets West: Software and Innovation” Kiran Karnik, President NASSCOM and Laura Merling of Executive Director, Sun Developer Forum with Matt Thompson, Director, Technology Outreach & Open Source program, Sun Microsystems.

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Laurie Tolson, VP Java Platforms and Karen Tegan Padir, VP Enterprise Java Platforms discuss the benefits of Java SE: Tiger, Mustang, Dolphin, and You!, Java EE and Web 2.0.

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Mustang

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Dolphin

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Project GlassFish

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Design of Cool Java ME Applications for Consumers and Enterprise Users session by Chuk-Munn Lee of Sun with Tai of Nokia Forum

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Devices Supporting J2ME Technology

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Live Demo of the Cool J2ME Game

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Oracle Technical session by Sameer Vaishmpayam, Oracle

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Java SE for Real-Time System: A Deep Dive session by Peter B. Kessler

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Web-tier Programming Codecamp: AJAX Session by Sridhar Reddy

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Oracle Keynote: SOA & The Agile Enterprise by Roel J Stalman, Senior Director, Oracle.

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Shuffling for 'Refer a friend contest‘ to get iPod shuffle by Raghavan "Rags" and Roel J Stalman

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People do everything for “Java Jacket Give-Away” :) …

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Some Sing…

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Here he is the winner with cool Java Jacket !!

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Scripting Language Support for Java by A. Sundararajan

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Power Lunch packed with Really Hot Spicy, Fresh and Cool dishes ….

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Some of the Master Minds from my company, starting from the second from left: Prasanna V, Prasanna Kumar, Venkatesh, Moorali.

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Munching popcorn and Thinking how technology could evolve… ;)

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Mark McLaughlin, from Agitar session on Unit Testing

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Cup of coffee with Brew Master, session to know the how history happens over a cup of coffee.

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In the evening we are enthralled by a music feast by Drums Sivamani, Gattam Vikku Vinayakram, Mandolin Rajesh.

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Sun Java Molded plate

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Organizers of the Sun Tech Days 2006

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Me and my friend Chiranjeevi with Chuk-Munn Lee Senior Developer Consultant and Technology Evangelist at Sun Microsystems

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Me and my friend Chiranjeevi with Peter B. Kessler GCC Project Lead and Sridhar Reddy Java Technology Evangelist at Sun Microsystems

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Gift’s I have received for my questions A Java Powered cool T-Shirt, Duke Doll and a Sun 10 Bucks!! :)

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Complimentary gifts to everyone who attended the Sun Tech Days 2006, a Sun blue bag, Java Solaris T-Shirt, A Java powered pen.

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Signature prints of the some of the top Sun JAVA global evangelists:

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Solaris and NetBeans Day

Sun Tech Days 2006 had a 2 Bonus Tracks NetBeans & Solaris Day on 9th February. It’s a one day session about NetBeans IDE and Solaris 10 OS.

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Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris, Changing the Game session by Peter Karlsson

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A Short Movie about the Companies powered by Sun Solaris OS

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NetBeans IDE for Java EE Development session by Sivakumar T

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Multithreaded Solaris Application APIs and Tools session

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Sun Studio 11, The Ultimate Tool for Solaris session by Peter Karlsson

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Solaris Security APIs and Tools session

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After the NetBeans and Solaris session everyone got a copy of Solaris 10 and NetBeans CD and cool T-shirts.

I just LOVED and Enjoyed the whole session… 3 days just went like some 3 hours :)… The whole event was quite well organized and all the people are quite friendly …

I would like to thank all the people out their at Sun Microsystems for conducting 'Sun Tech Days 2006', the premier technology conference at Chennai, India. Thank you Sun !! :)

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Balakumar Muthu



10 Comments:

At 9:21 AM, Blogger Suresh S SCJP1.4 said...
hi

that was cool.
 
At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
i too attended...it was great fun for 3 days...i am web/mobile open source developer from chennai and it was great to have such an event in chennai
 
At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
Forever the Java Geek :-)

Hi Bala.. hows life? nice post
 
At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
kool man... feel like i missed that... importantly the AJAX session
 
At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
Very Informative. Guess, I Missed IT :(.
 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger Vikram said...
Pity i missed it.

Bet you must have loads of fun Bala.
 
At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
Nice photos! Good work.
 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger Mohanraj said...
Very good informative, I missed it.
 
At 1:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...
Thanks for the nice comments. And thanks for posting the pictures!
 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Lavnish said...
Hi man
i happen to attend the tech days 07 @ hyderabad ..
i couldn't gather snaps to share it with friends ...
but sure it was informative
:)


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