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.

/ 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.

/ 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.

/ Interests

I enjoy travel / adventure, photography, 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


Google SketchUp 3D

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Google SketchUp is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program. Using a few simple tools we can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects-even space ships. You can add details, textures and glass to your models, and design with dimensional accuracy. Once built, we can place our models in Google Earth, share them with others by posting them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies. >>

Broth Ajax-based Global Mosaic

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Broth is a Global Mosaic, a massively multiplayer Web 2.0 application based on Ajax. The Global Mosaic is made of 1,000 colorful tiles that are shared by everyone. When someone moves a tile, others can instantly see it move on their screens. One of the Coolest made Ajax web application... require a simple registration for going the play. >>

Motorola Q Application Development

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Even before the release of Motorola Q, Motorola has added the Q to their website dedicated to help developers create new and interesting applications for its most well-hyped and anticipated smartphone. Motorola is marching towards the razar type of cool gadgets with more and much powerful high-end features like ergonomic QWERTY keyboard, 5-way navigation button and thumb wheel, 1.3 mega pixel Camera with photo light, Memory: 128MB ROM, 64MB SDRAM [configuration much higher then my pc ], miniSD expandable memory, Bluetooth 1.2, Advanced speech recognition ...>>

All about Steve Jobs !

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If you are a big fan of Apple and Steve Jobs like me, do checkout the most amazing absolutely everything, fantastic stories, unseen photographs and a great website about Steve. Don't forget to checkout his greatest speeches and videos too. >>

How to Crack Microsoft Windows Passwords !!

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Madison Parks shows how to crack Microsoft Windows password in easier simple steps using Cain & Abel. It shows how to crack password even if u don't have Admin rights to install any software... doesn't sounds cool... check it out .... >>

Converting Video to 3GP Mobile Format !!

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This guide from blank-thoughts show us how to convert video to 3GP which is more suitable for playback on most cell phones. Just by downloading a 3GP video converter, Imtoo 3GP Video converter the steps seems to be more simple and easy to do by anyone.>>

i4Giveu : Web Space for Confession

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i4giveu allows people to post confessions and ask for the community’s judgement. Confessions can be posted anonymously and are tagged for easy browsing. It just launched, and some of the confessions seem a little canned or just plain dumb. And while this isn’t any kind of substitution for real therapy, the popularity of sites like PostSecret suggest that people really do like to tell their secrets on the Internet. Every Confession is ranked with the Forgiven or No forgive ranking. Some Confession are really bit wired. >>

Top 10 Strangest Home Gadgets !!

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We have seen the strangest iPod accessories, Lego creations, and even MP3 players, the editors of techgadgetforums bring us the Top 10 Strangest Home Gadgets. Never heard of such Gadgets like World’s First Digital Plant,Erasable Shower Tablet and some are really quite strange to me and must be to most of us ... >>

AjaxTunes

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AjaxTunes is a web-based media player that lets you play, pause, forward and rewind high-quality streaming music straight from the Internet on any computer. It has been preloaded with a demo account containing more than 25 songs encoded at 192kbps from different albums and a great mix of playlists from select artists. Or, create our own music locker and choose from over 40,000 songs to create your personal playlists. >>

Apple Remote Desktop 3

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Apple Remote Desktop is the best way to manage the Mac computers on your network. Distribute software, provide real-time online help to end users, create detailed software and hardware reports, and automate routine management tasks — all without leaving your desk. Featuring Automator actions, Remote Spotlight search, and a new Dashboard widget, Apple Remote Desktop 3 makes our job easier than ever. >>

Computers on Stamps

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Look at this rare collection of stamps about computers. They immortalize key players in its evolution and honor the inventions themselves. Images and captions were provided by Larry Dodson, author of Computers on Stamps. >>

Few Things We Didn't Know About Apple's iPod!!

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Alexander Wolfe lists some of few things we didn't know [or know less] about Apple's iPod. This information are some little-known facts and helpful workarounds that can help us get more mileage out of our music experience. I learned few things about iPod only from here... good short note. >>

Cool Nokia Secret Hacks/Codes !!

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Check out this interesting Nokia series phones secret hacks, they also unlock some hidden functions. These codes are often reffered to as "Nokia Secret Codes" or "Nokia Hacks". Use the codes at your own risk, hope most of the Nokia models support this codes... do check it out.... >>

Looking into Ubuntu Linux 6.06 New Release !!

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Ubuntu is one of my and most of us Favourite Linux distro, starts with the breadth of Debian and adds regular releases, a clear focus on the user and usability and one of the really cool gui i have seen and supports most of the hardware devices. Here is a look of Adam Doxtater at the latest pre-release copy of what Ubuntu 6.06 has got for us. >>

Computer Promotional Photos in 60s and 70s!!

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Check out this computer promotional photography sent to newspapers in the 60s and 70s. Back in the old days, the time of IBM and Uniblab, a picture of a computer required a wide-angle lens. It‘s amazing to see such big mammoth machines from the quite old days. >>

Top 10 strangest Mac Mods !

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Top 10 strangest Mac mods at TechBlog. Johnathan Ive's blood would surely boil if he were to feast his eyes on such mutant Mac modifications as the NecroMac of the PowerMac G4 Aquarium Cool and some Funny mods... you may try ...>>

My Visit to Dev2DevDays 2006, Chennai – India !!

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This week, I received an invitation for attending Dev2DevDays2006 on 12th in Chennai. The presentations and live demonstrations, is designed by expert developers to help us enhance our understanding of BEA's Blended approach to working with both Open Source and commercial technologies. The Experience was quite GREAT and the whole event was wonderfully organized by BEA and Sponsored by AMD.

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Schedule for the day

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Introduction to BEA Dev2DevDays2006

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Pieter Humphrey is a Senior Product Marketing Manager with BEA, focused on BEA tools. He has extensive mentoring and instruction experience with clients on the BEA WebLogic product line since joining BEA in 2001, working as senior systems engineer.


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Rajah Balu is an Engineering Manager with BEA India (R&D), focused on Interoperability between all of BEA WebLogic and AquaLogic Platform Products. He has worked as a Senior Architect with BEA Partners team in USA and in EMEA assisting Global Sis and ISVs with application Architecture and Design support. He gave us the Live Demos

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BEA Workshop Studio

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AJAX Interaction


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Great Live Demo by Rajah Balu, Engineering Manager of BEA Systems

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Execution Environment: Tomcat, WebLogic Console, JRockit

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Hibernate Data Persistence

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AMD64 Technology Overview

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BEA Dev2DevDays2006 Diamond Sponsor AMD

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We not only had talks about HOT topics, but we also had some COOL stuffs too !! :)

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Shuffle for the BEA Free Certification Exam and BEA Workshop Studio


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Me, Pieter Humphrey of BEA System, Inc. and My Friend Vipin Thomas


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BEA Dev2DevDays2006 Program Materials and BEA Tools and Technical Resources CD

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Guess What is this ??

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It’s a Cool Dev2DevDays2006 T-Shirt!!

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I would like to thank BEA System Inc. and the Sponsor AMD for conducting Dev2DevDays2006 in Chennai, The whole session was very informative and more interactive and very BIG thanks to Pieter Humphrey and Rajah Balu for answering all our queries patiently … Thank you BEA System Inc. !! :)

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Balakumar Muthu

Google Calendar : GCal !!

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Google seems to be silently released it's beta version of it's BIG hyped Google Calendar or GCal. Google does want to organize the world’s information, and calendar information is a unique type of information. I just tried and it has a very rich user experience and simple to use fully powered by AJAX. >>

My BarCamp Chennai, India Experience and Photos !! :)

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BarCamp is an ad-hoc unconference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction. It's a once-a-year event for geeks to camp out for a couple days with Wifi and smash their brains together. There is no audience. Only participants!! Here are the snaps of some of the moments we had in BarCamp Chennai …

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BarCamp was organized in Chennai on 8th and 9th of March at the famous Ramanujan Computing Center at Anna University Chennai, India. The 2 day BarCamp Chennai focused on Web 2.0 and Next Generation Internet Technologies. The whole Experience was mind blowing and loads of chat, demos, discussion…

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Ramanujan Computing Centre at Anna University


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Track1 Sessions

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Track2 Sessions

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BarCamp Chennai Sponsors

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Unconferencing the Conference: The Making of Barcamp and Keynote by Kiruba Shankar Associate Director, Sulekha

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Narain, CEO, 360 Degree Interactive on Web 2.0


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Muthu of Sun Microsystems about User eXperience Design

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My Friend Bhuvan from CollabNet and Ubuntu Official Server Member on How to contribute to Ubuntu Linux

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Atul Chitnis on Mobile Computing - Moving Beyond PCs


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Ganesh Director, Voice Snap Software Limited about Simplifying Voice Mailing System

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Great Geeks at Work… Don’t Disturb !!

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iPod Podcasting

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Udayan Banerjee, VP of NIIT Technologies on Rich Ruby

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How we built a Web 2.0 Podcast Publishing Platform by Sriram Krishnan Founder,Podbazaar, very interesting!! a live conference from California


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My Friend Madan from CollabNet and SVN Developer


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Podcasts: On the brink of a new media revolution by Sujatha Jagannathan of Podbazaar a live conference from California


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SEO techniques & Google AdWords by Ganesh s by Rupya.com

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My Friend Vamsee Krishna Kanakala about Ruby on Rails


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Adel Anwar, Head-Biz Dev Transindia on User Interface Design


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Vijay Anand about Project InfraNET: India's Future Depends on IT

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Vinu from Netcore about MyToday.com

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Arjun Ram of Taazza

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Ramanarayanan K, Engineering Manager, Adobe on Rich Internet Applications and Flex


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Blogging as a career by Amit Agarwal of Digital Inspiration

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Live Demo by Prathul Prabhakar, Microsoft Student about the new Microsoft 2007 Office System Suite. Microsoft Office 2007 takes a new look and feel and new great-enhanced user experience.

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Breakout Session Quiz by Aswin, Moyeen, Prathul … and I too got a Cash prize for my answer !! :)


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BarCamp Chennai COOL T-Shirt!!

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I just love[d] and Enjoy[d] the whole BarCamp idea and… it was quite well organized unconference and at this moment I would like to thank Kiruba Shankar, Ganesh and all the BarCamp organizers and Anna University Computer Science department for giving us such a great opportunity to share and learn in an open environment… Thank you guys !! :)

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Balakumar Muthu