வணக்கம் / はじめまして / Hello. I am 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 for Japanese Companies, Creative DIY Hacker and a Geek based in Asia. Currently working towards the great mission to make the world a better place to work.

/ Expertise

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.

/ Awards, Recognition


Awarded the "Asia's Top 50 Innovation Award” (winner lists) from SingTel, Singapore, Winner of "Red Herring Asia Award" (finalists) for Technology Innovation.

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.

/ Interests

I enjoy travel / adventure, rock climbing, simple things — nature, reading. I love Japanese culture, trying different flavor of tea, Zen philosophy, making mistakes & learning from them, DIY hacks, and a die-hard fan of JDrama, Western movies and Comics.

/ Featured at



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 & Contributions

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.

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.

/ Contact

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 

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. >>