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


Jumping Steve Jobs !! :)

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Jumping Steve is an iTunes visualizer plugin (PPC Macs only) that shows a little Steve Jobs rocking out to our music. We can also toggle it to feature a Steve Jobs iPod silhouette that will... rock out to our music. >>

Help Blog.Worm Spread !! ;)

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I'm infected by Blog.Worm ... get yourself too infected by Blog.Worm... and help it to spread!! ;) >>

Hacking Apache HTTP Server at Yahoo!!!

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Hacking Apache HTTP Server at Yahoo! presentation by Michael J. Radwin, reveals the secrets of how Yahoo gets maximum performance out of minimal hardware by tweaking configuration directives and hacking the source code. Radwin cover topics such as reducing bandwidth costs, extensible logfile format and rotation schemes, dumping core gracefully, and how to avoid the dreaded MaxClients, Max/MinSpareServers, StartServers configuration nightmare. Very Intersting and Useful Presentation. >>

Steve Jobs or BillGates: Who's the Star??

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An recent article from Wired discusses about Who is the star? it's Jobs or Gates. It explains Gates is the cutthroat capitalist. A genius maybe, but one more interested in maximizing profits than perfecting technology. He's the ultimate vengeful nerd. Ostracized at school, he gets the last laugh by bleeding us all dry.

On the other hand, Jobs has never seemed much concerned with business, though he's been very successful at it of late. Instead, Jobs has been portrayed as a man of art and culture. He's an aesthete, an artist; driven to make a dent in the universe. Until recently, Bill Gates has been viewed as the villain of the tech world, while his archrival, Steve Jobs, enjoys an almost saintly reputation. >>

Opera Mini Browser

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Opera Mini is a free Mobile Browser, runs on any phone capable of running Java mobile applications and using an internet connection; most phones made since 2001 fulfill these requirements. Depending on how we get Opera Mini, our provider may charge us for the actual download. When surfing with Opera Mini, Web pages are optimized and compressed before being sent to our phone. This means that even though our mobile provider may charge us for the data which is transferred to our phone, the amount of data transferred is significantly less than it would normally be, making mobile surfing cheaper. Opera Mini, Seems to be very COOL !! >>

Linux Fun Animations from IBM :)

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IBM has invested a billion dollars in Linux, they have made a little investment in some Linux fun. They created these animated features for our enjoyment - watch them and have a laugh :)... >>

Cool Firefox Keyboard Tips!!

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Lifehacker has a listed some cool keyboard shortcuts for Firefox. It shows how to select the location bar, the search bar, moving back and forward through sites, changing the search engine, and even how to perform tasks that are enabled by extensions, like spellchecking. All Firefox users must checkit out. >>

JAVA : Programming language of the year 2006 !! :)

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Java has won the "TIOBE Programming Language of 2006" award. The Java language has increased its popularity in 2005 with 4.77%. The runners up for 2005 are C# (+1.35%) and suprisingly Visual Basic (+1.17%)... heheeeheee ;). Sound's really COOL... Java ROCKS EVERYWHERE!! >>

iMac G5 vs iMac Intel Processors Difference: Video !!

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Watch this video to feel the speed difference between the iMac G5 Processors with the iMac Intel Processors, the difference is quite amazying. Is the apple's move towards Intel processor is correct??!! >>

World's First Computer Bug !!

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Look at the World's First Computer Bug Moth found trapped in the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator while it was being tested at Harvard University, 9 September 1945. The operators affixed the moth to the computer log, with the entry: "First actual case of bug being found". They put out the word that they had "debugged" the machine, thus introducing the term "debugging a computer program". What a bug :) >>

JAVA Quick Reference!!

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JAVA Quick Reference card by Jialong, lists all the basic Java datatypes, classes, Operators, Java packages. A very good handy tool for fast reference and useful for basic level of users, espceially if you are preparing for SCJP examination. >>

JFlash : Flash for JAVA

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JFlash, helps to bring Macromedia Flash functionality to Java our applications. The JFlash project has created a pure-Java player for Flash .swf files that runs in J2SE or J2ME (CLDC 1.0 / MIDP 2.0). The current J2SE version is in Alpha which supports most of the functionality of the Flash 3 format. JFlash seems to be very COOL API, that will introduce lots of possibilites between JAVA and Flash. >>

Apple Mac VS PC Love Story !! ;)

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Watch this funniest video ;), about a love story between Apple Mac and PC, quite interesting and very good work by mediaest ... >>

Developer.com’s Product of the Year 2006 Winners !!

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Developer.com Annonced the Product of the Year for 2006 and the Winners are ....

JSR (Java Specification Request) of the Year:
JSR 244: Java EE 5.0

Wireless/Mobile Development Tool or Add-in of the Year:
J2ME™ Wireless Toolkit From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Web Service Product of the Year:
Google APIs From Google Inc.

Development Tool of the Year:
Eclipse From the Eclipse Foundation

Framework of the Year:
JavaServer Faces From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Security Tool or Add-in of the Year:
Sun Java System Identity Manager From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Open Source Tool of the Year (Tie):
OpenOffice 2.0 From OpenOffice.org and
Firefox From Mozilla Foundation

Technology of the Year:
AJAX From Mozilla Developer Center

Development Utility of the Year:
Ant From The Apache Software Foundation

Database Tool or Add-in of the Year:
MySQL 5.0 From MySQL AB

Java Tool/Add-in of the Year:
Sun Java™ Studio Creator By Sun Microsystems Inc.

That's a very COOL list, like last year Java-technologies has taken most of the categories... :) >>

iPod designer Ive Honored by Queen!!

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Jonathan Ive, 38, Apple's senior vice president of design, on Friday was awarded the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by the queen. The title recognizes Ive's achievements in industrial design as leader of the team that produced not only the iPod but also the iMac, iBook and PowerBook computer lines in his nearly 13-year career at Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple. Hats off to Jonathan Ive !! :) >>

Intel's New Logo!!

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After 37 year Intel changes it's logo. Intel is increasingly positioning itself as a consumer-oriented, digital media platform provider rather than merely a supplier of CPUs and components for other manufacturers. The logo seems to be very simple doesn’t seems to be creative.. >>

Japanese Smileys are Different

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We all have used smileys [Emoticons] in our mails to show our feels, which are read horizontally, but japanese who always think different have different smileys(Emoticons) are read vertically. Most look simply crazy to me, they have smileys with 15 and more letters. The translation is sometimes funny as well. (^ _^) [means smile] >>

How To Pick A Programming Language

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If you want to pick a new Programming language, read on the article on "How To Pick A Programming Language" by Tim Daneliuk. Interesting to read on and quite funny too. >>

Happy New Year 2006!! :)

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Balakumar Muthu