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


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