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


Top 10 Weirdest Keyboards!!

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Keyboards come in many shapes - from the simplest computer grey standard 102-key keyboard to variants that seem to come straight out of a Star Trek episode. Here’s is a Top 10 list of the weirdest keyboards ever. I like the Virtual Laser Keyboard... looks cool. >>

An Apple Tree ;)

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Apple Turns 30 !!

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On April 1, Apple celebrates it's 30th birthday. Having created one of the first personal computers and the graphical mouse-and-menu interface most PCs now use, it is now reshaping the music industry with the iPod and iTunes. To celebrate the company's birthday, Wired News has a series of special features this week that can be viewed here. Quite interesting to see how things evolved ... >>

Watching Our Front Door From Anywhere!!

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An article from Popular Science, teaches us how to Watch our front door from Anywhere... Networked cameras let us keep an eye on our stuff from any Web-enabled device, and we don’t have to be a security pro to install one. Here’s everything we need to know to watch our world. >>

iPod eBook Creator : convert books into notes on iPod

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Apple iPod eBook Creator utility loads large text file and splits it into notes for use on iPod. It is easy to read our book in plain text format on our iPod via Notes functionality. All notes will be automatically linked, so we can move from one to another with absolute ease. It's as simple as turning pages of the book. Nice cool tool. >>

My Team’s Tour in Green Paradise Kerala: Photos !! :)

Last week, my company organized a 3-day tour to the Green Paradise Munnar, Kerala and we enjoyed and had a blast!! :) . Here I am posting some of the wonderful moments photos we had in the tour… It’s really God’s own land. Our journey started from Munnar and ended in Kumarakom.

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Our Journey Starts

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Ever Green Tea Gardens

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AnnaiMudi Hills

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Echo Point

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Setuparvatipuram Dam

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Special Kerala Lunch..

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My Whole C-O-O-L Team!!

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Anil Abraham Jacob very cool friendly guy from HappyHolidays http://www.happyholidaysmunnar.com who wonderfully organized the tour at Munnar, if you are planning for Munnar : trekking or any tour package do check him out at http://www.happyholidaysmunnar.com or call him at 94470 31814 … you will just love their service … I really mean it!!

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The G-R-E-A-T Horse Riders ;)!!

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Super B-U-I-L-T-U-P Ma!!

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My Team Mates always R-O-C-K-S!!

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Backwater Boating at Kumarakom

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I just LOVED and Enjoyed the whole tour… at this moment, I would like to thank Sumesh, Babu, Anil from HappyHolidays http://www.happyholidaysmunnar.com for well organizing the tour and my team who made it unmemorable and evergreen moment for all of us… Thank you guys !! :)

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Balakumar Muthu

History of Programming Languages Chart by O'Reilly

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For 50 years, computer programmers have been writing code. New technologies continue to emerge, develop, and mature at a rapid pace. Now there are more than 2,500 documented programming languages! O'Reilly has produced a poster called History of Programming Languages, which plots over 50 programming languages on a multi-layered, color-coded timeline.>>

Steve Jobs in More Magazine Covers Collections !!

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Steve Jobs has graced the covers of more magazines than some super models. Check out this site that has a number of magazine covers featuring His Steveness. That's quite amazying... and no wonder steve in more magazine covers... >>

Linux Documentation Project Guides !!

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The Linux Documentation Project (LDP) is working on developing good, reliable documentation for the Linux operating system. The overall goal of the LDP is to collaborate in taking care of all of the issues of Linux documentation, ranging from online documentation (man pages, HTML, and so on) to printed manuals covering topics such as installing, using, and running Linux. It has a very good documentation of Bash Guide for Beginners,Linux Kernel Module Programming Guide, Linux System Administrators' Guide and lots of Great clear documentation for all levels. >>

EQO : Skype Mobile Phone

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EQO allows the skype users to use skype from our Mobile Phone. The software is available for free as a Beta product to consumers via the EQO (pronounced “echo”) and supports more than 40 different phone handset models from vendors including Nokia, Motorola, and Sony-Ericsson. Using a combination of a phone-resident J2ME client and a presence-enabled Voice-over-IP (VoIP) signaling network, the EQO Mobile Internet Phone Service is capable of bridging online identity, VoIP calling and Instant Messaging services to more than 150 million J2ME-capable mobile phone handsets already in use worldwide. >>

Apache Server Configuring for Maximum Performance!!

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Apache is an open-source HTTP server implementation. It is the most popular web server on the Internet. The December 2005 Web Server Survey conducted by Netcraft shows that about 70% of the web sites on Internet are using Apache. Here is a list of steps to Configure Apache Server for Maximum Performance. Great simple tips by Bobcares. >>

Steve Jobs's Salary Still Remains $1 !!

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Apple Computer chief executive Steve Jobs received a $1 salary and no other compensation for fiscal year 2005, unchanged from the previous year. Mr. Jobs's 10 million restricted shares, which were granted to him in 2003, were valued at $532 million at the end of fiscal 2005. In addition, Mr. Jobs has 120,000 fully vested options that he received in 1997 under the director stock option plan, according to the filing.>>

JRat: Java Runtime Analysis Toolkit

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JRat is the Java Runtime Analysis Toolkit. Its purpose is to enable developers to better understand the runtime behavior of their Java programs. The term "behavior" includes, but is not limited to performance profiling. It can accumulate timing statistics (a few ways), create trace logging, track rate methods are called over time, track the response time of methods over time. >>

Running Linux on a USB Drive !!

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Getting Linux to run on a USB Drive may easily seem to be an overwhelming process, but this tip put together a very simple guide that an absolute novice could follow. It successfully installed a distribution of Damn Small Linux on a Lexar 512mb Secure Disk USB 2.0 Jump Drive and it worked quickly and flawlessly. There's no guarantee that every USB Drive will boot Linux using this method. >>