வணக்கம் / Hi, I'm Balakumar Muthu

I am an International Award-winning Entrepreneur, Technologist, received Asia Innovation Award from SingTel, Singapore, Full-stack Designer & Developer building Websites for more than 17+ years, Software Consultant, Travel & Culture Photographer, 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.

Product designed and devloped by me was 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” - *** "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.

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

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 expertise and interest includes Front-end development, UI/UX Design, Branding, E-commerce, IoT, Software as a service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Big Data, Singularity, AI, 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, simple things — nature, reading. I love travel, art, culture, highly interested and passionate about the awesome Korean culture & traditions, K-Dramas and K-pop, trying different flavor of tea, 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, Yahoo! Japan, MSN Japan, 100shiki.com, Infoseek, Japan.Internet.com, Livedoor.com, Sina.com, Yangtse.com, Idoican.com, shm.com.cn[pdf] and many other popular Asian publishers. Java.net published my Java Duke Holiday Pictures from 1000's of submission.

/ Writings & My Contributions

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.

/ Contact & Reach me

Personally, you won’t find me on Facebook. To stay in touch or Want to work together? You can text me at: balakumar.muthu@gmail.com

  •           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..."

  •           My Guru Swami 


    "... 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

Highly Confusing Invalid, Error Message in Microsoft Hotmail !!

Yesterday while surfing the net, I needed a test email account, so I tried to create a new email account in Microsoft Hotmail.


I tried to create a new email account as 'thisisjustatestmail@hotmail.com', and checked the availability of the email id, but it throwed me an error message saying, " The e-mail address contains a word or phrase that is not allowed. Please type another e-mail address.". I am highly confused with the message, why the email id is not allowed; I don't find any phrase or word anything invalid. They only contains alphabets, have a look at it yourself.


Usually, if the e-mail is taken by some one, we will be getting Error message like "The e-mail address is not available. Please try a different address", as seen below


Next, I tried with creating different account called 'ilovemicrosoft@hotmail.com' [not exactly, just for fun :)] and checked for the availability. But I received the same error message as " The e-mail address contains a word or phrase that is not allowed. Please type another e-mail address.". Is it because ilovemicrosoft, is something not valid, not even Microsoft believe that some one loves them ??


My next attempt tried in bit-tempered mood, creating account as 'ihatemicrosoft@hotmail.com', once again the same error message!!

I am just fed up with process; felt I am just wasting my time at Hotmail. So I finally tried to name my account same as 'iamwastingmytime@hotmail.com', and managed to successfully create my new Hotmail account :).


iamwastingmytime@hotmail.com is ready to go... but I am not ready, just left Hotmail and continued with my coding, peacefully ;).


Although it doesn't seems to be a big issue, I am not able to understand on what basics Hotmail validates with such Error message. Do you find anything in the word 'thisisjustatestmail', 'ilovemicrosoft', 'ihatemicrosoft', which is invalid ...any one got any idea... please correct me if I am wrong... do drop in a line.

Balakumar Muthu


At 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to guess they have a filter with restricted words like : microsoft, test, mail, billgates, etc.

At 6:37 AM, Blogger udayms said...

This is definitely an interesting research!! :)


At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stopped using Hotmail a long long time ago. Why use when there is stuff like GMAIL.

At 3:49 PM, Blogger balakumar said...

Ya I am also a GMail user... but I need a account for one of my test mail, I tried it in hotmail ...

At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i encourage with the first comment

"I'm going to guess they have a filter with restricted words like : microsoft, test, mail, billgates, etc."

i'm one of you, that was annoyed by this microsoft's idea..

first, i try to sign up the new mail and i want to use my name in this account.. my name is Porntawe, so i want to use wee.porntawe@hotmail.com

then.. i found the same error as you.. and it made me so confuse!

i want to find out why microsoft not allow me to use this account and that leads me to this topic.

i suddenly know why i can't use my name in Hotmail. you know why?

i already told you that my name is PORNtawe!!

i click back to the hotmail's subscription page and try
and click "Check Avilability"

then microsoft told me:
"The e-mail address wee.pontawe@hotmail.com is available."

god bless you microsoft..
and i'll use Gmail..


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