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


Krunch : Online Compression and Decompression

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Krun.ch is a simple tool that simplifies the process of compressing and sending your files online. Good nifty tool comes in handy while we are in online. Support most of the formats .zip, .rar, .tar.>>

Bitty : Little Browser!!

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Bitty a little browser that can be added to most any Web page, it's like Picture-in-Picture for the Web. It helps to display other web site inside our web page. Just give a try... >>

Google Orkut Invitation Available !!

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I have some Google's Orkut account Invitation, to give away. For those still don't know what is Orkut, it is a community of friends and connects individuals through a social network that grows person by person and make new acquaintances through people we trust. If any one needs the Orkut invitation, just drop in your full name with your email, in the comments . I will send it to you... live and direct... :)

update: still, I have more Google Orkut Invitations, to give away so do drop in !! :)

Swarm : Know Which Websites are People Browsing !!

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Swarm allow us to know which websites are people visiting with a graphical map of hundreds of websites, all connecting to each other. It updates itself every second with where people are going and coming from. Conversely, sites that lose traffic move away from the center and grow smaller. Website traffic is symbolized with thin lines. Each time you see a line appear, it means someone has moved from one site to the other. You can gauge how many people are swarming around based on the number of lines. >>

SpinVox : Convert Voicemail to Text !!

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SpinVox allows us to convert voicemail messages into text messages and sends them discreetly to our mobile phone or email. The message arrives just as if the caller had texted us, displaying the number so we can call them straight back at the push of a button... >>

FireBug : JavaScript Debugger

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FireBug allow us to explore and monitor our JavaScript, CSS, HTML with a debugger, error console, command line, and a variety of code inspectors, Log messages from JavaScript in our web page to the console and to spy on XMLHttpRequest traffic, inspect layout. Really a quite handy tool for Web Debugging. >>

JavaOne 2006 Amazing Photos!!

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JavaOne 2006 conference had a more than 15,000 Java fanatics under one roof, Great stuffs and demos happened everwhere. Check out this most amazing coverage of JavaOne 2006 event... >>

Soundbombs

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Soundbombs is a New-Media-Accessories, a lowtech object for interactive transmission and for integrated sound module makes it possible to record any given sound and then activate it through a motiondetector. Soundbombs can whistle, laugh, belch or recite a poem. >>

How to Build Our Bulletproof Startup!!

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CNN Money has an interesting article on how to build our Bulletproof Startup, it explains with a 16-step guide to help us to turn our real idea into a great company. Great interesting infos to be checked out.... >>

Analys.icio.us : Mapping Word Frequency

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Analys.icio.us allow us to draw a map of words for the URL or to the text we provide. The bigger words are the most used ones. If we move our mouse over a word, we will get a tooltip with the word count. Good way to analysis our sites word usage ... >>

Ten Strangest iPod Accessories !!

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We find wide and wild range of iPod Accessories budding all over the zone... check out this ten strangest iPod accessories... some are really quite strange and not really known to most of us... >>

NETGEAR WiFi Phone for Skype!!

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NETGEAR's WiFi Phone for Skype is the world's first wireless Internet phone that can make free calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world, anytime you have WiFi access, without a PC. All of our contacts are shown right on the phone's color display so we can know exactly who is online. We can even make calls to ordinary phones using Skype-Out for just pennies a minute and no monthly fees. Skype Phone is available only after July 2006. >>

Motorola H5 MINIBLUE

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Motorola H5 MINIBLUE, a Bluetooth headset designed around the way our body works. The tiny headset fits discreetly in our ear and includes a built-in microphone and speaker, so our ear canal picks up your voice. This petite powerhouse packs in battery power so powerful we can chat wire free for up to approximately 7.5 hours using the included portable charging base. Protected in a sleek, metal carrying case, the Motorola H5 MINIBLUE slips easily into a purse or pocket – no one will even know it’s there. >>

Mytago

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Mytago tags are a new version of the common barcodes. Instead of the barcode scanner, we scan tags by taking a snapshot with our phone camera and later get the details of the tag on our PC. The tags are created by us and linked to the the information we provide. >>

Google Notebook

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Google Notebook makes web research of all kinds from planning a vacation to researching a school paper to buying a car easier and more efficient by enabling you to clip and gather information even while you're browsing the web. We can browse, clip, and organize information from across the web in a single online location that's accessible from any computer. >>

NetBeans Magazine Free Issue !!

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To Mark the third annual NetBeans Software Day and the 2006 JavaOne Conference, NetBeans has put together a magazine of highlights that are captivating developers worldwide. This special edition of NetBeans Magazine showcases a wide selection of IDE and extension features, from desktop and web development to plug-in module creation. >>

JavaOne 2006 Final Count Down!!

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JavaOne Conference starts on tomorrow at Moscone Center, San Francisco expected for lots of Great new announments and releases!! >>

Received A Most Exciting Prize from Sun Microsystems

Yesterday, I am Highly Honored and received a Most Exciting Prize from Sun Microsystems, for my Java application (J2ME) to the “Sun Duke's Choice Awards” 2006.

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It’s a *** “Hello World(s)!” From Code to Culture: A 10 Year Celebration of Java Technology ***, book :) released to mark the celebration of JAVA in 10 years and A very COOL Squashy Java Duke.

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This book explains, how JAVA technology influence technologists, business, and how it has become the predominate software on the planet. Reading the experience of the people behind the “Green Project” was really Mind blowing and captures each and every moment how JAVA has evolved and still evolving...

Here is some of the Snaps From the Book …

Only JAG can Foreword this Book !!

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Birth of Oak

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What if JAVA Wasn’t JAVA?… We know Oak, but there are some other names too are in the list…

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“Hello World” … the Most Passionate JAVA Community From all over the world, like us


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Duke, JAVA Software Agent created by Joe Palrang


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JAVA Everywhere, Even in Other Planets too… Powering NASA’s Mars Rover !!

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JAVA For Everyone! From Geek to Chic!!

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We have studied lots of books on “How to program in JAVA”… but this is the only book to tell us “how JAVA was programmed” and how it is Evolving… A Must Book for every Java Passionate Programmer. I am highly honored and excited to receive this most Prestigious Book. Thank you.


Desktop of one a JAVA Junkie, Ya! that’s Mine :)!!


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Balakumar Muthu

E3 2006 CNet Coverage !!

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Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 currently being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center is touted to be the biggest video game convention on the planet. The mother of all conferences in the gaming. This is the show that each year is the turning point or launching point for their entire catalog of new games on the horizon. Several new games are introduced for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and lots more. Check the CNet's coolest coverage of this event. >>

Fairy Tale of OpenSource!!

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Read on this interesting Fairy Tale of OpenSource, by Yutaka Kachi. It explains about the open source movement and Compares software as fruit tree. Translated from Japanese. >>

My Visit to Oracle Developer Forum 2006, Chennai – India !!

Last week 11th May, I attended the Oracle Developer Forum held in Chennai. The presentations gave us insights into Oracle Database 10g Express, Oracle JDeveloper, Oracle SQL Developer, SOA, Rapid J2EE Application Development with Oracle Application Express Edition and we had a lots of live demos.

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Oracle India’s Marketing Manager with his Keynote

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Blair Layton, Senior Manager Oracle AP, on What’s New for Developers in the Oracle Universe

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SOA – Emerging SOA and J2EE technologies: EJB 3.0, JavaServer Faces and BPEL session by Sameer Vaishampayan, Senior Consultant, Oracle

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Manish Palaparthy, Solution Consultant, Oracle on Rapid J2EE Application Development for Forms and Designer Developers

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Rapid Application Development with Oracle Application Express Edition session by Datta Srinivasan, Oracle

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Election Voting Result Application Created with Oracle Express Edition and Localized in Tamil language

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Some of the Oracle Users

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Q&A Session

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Oracle’s Official “Oracle BPEL Process Manager: Services Orchestration Workshop” book Prize I got for my Answer :) and the Question is, which is the Database Company Oracle bought recently, the answer is Sleepycat [I am the only one to answer the question in the hall]…

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Every one of us received Oracle Java Developer CD

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A Set of 3 Oracle Database 10g CD’s

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That’s not all; we also got a Surprise gift :)…

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It’s a very C-O-O-L Sexy Black Leather Oracle Timer

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I would like to thank Oracle for conducting Oracle Developer Forum in Chennai. The turnout for the session was really very big and few have to stand. The session is just a half-day session… could be made in to a one day session. Good Job and well organized…. Thank you Oracle!! :)

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Balakumar Muthu