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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Personal Popular Posts
- My Google India Interview experience
- Google Kid's My Google based Kids Searching Engine Prototype
- I am the 1st Prize Winner of 'Java Masters' Contest
- Received a Most Exciting Gift from Sun Microsystems
- Wishes to me from Mr. Marc Cenedella, President & CEO of TheLadders.com
- Java.net Publishes My Duke Holiday Pictures
- My Article Published in DeveloperIQ Magazine
- Attended an Lecture by Richard Stallman [RMS], GNU Founder
- Attended an Interesting Session by David Axmark, CoFounder & VP of MySQL
- My Visit to Sun Tech Days & NetBeans, Solaris Day Chennai, India
- My BarCamp Chennai, India Experience
- My BlogCamp Chennai, India Experience
- Mozilla Firefox Party, Live Action From Chennai, India
- My Visit to India Information Security Summit, Chennai India
- My Visit to BEA Dev2Dev Days, Chennai India
- My Visit to Oracle Developer Forum, Chennai India
My Blog Archives
My Old Blog / Website @ Geocities
- My 2003 - 04 Blog at Geocities (screenshots)
- My Certifications (screenshots)
- Softwares Developed (screenshots) 1 2
- Java Everywhere (screenshots) 1 2 3
- Human Version 2.0 (Screenshots) 1 2 3
- Geek Thoughts (Screenshots) 1 2 3
- Contact Me (screenshots)
- View the Full Sets (screenshots)
Swami Vivekananda Said...
"... 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
My Usability Reviews/Studies
- My Yahoo!, Flickr and Del.icio.us Usability Reviews
- Highly Confusing Invalid, Error Message in Microsoft Hotmail
- Design and Usability Issues/Errors in Rediffmail.com
My Technical Popular Posts
- 70 Most Useful and Interesting Free Softwares for Geeks
- How Does Anti-Virus Works
- 10 Most Common Words Uttered by Programmers
- 53 Interesting Twitter Links for Fun, Geeks
- My Ubuntu Dapper T-Shirts FREE giveaway contest
- Technology Behind Stephen Hawking
- 21 Firefox Extensions for Fun
- Google Easter Eggs
- Creating Accesskeys or Shortcuts for Websites
- Wireless Security/ Hacking Tools !
- Most Interesting Linux WebSites
- Mac Utilities Software Websites
- PC Gaming Mod WebSites
- 25 Robot Resources
- Top Security White Papers
My Popular Productivity Posts
- 8 Simple Steps to be More Creative
- 9 Ways to Work Life Balance: The Key to an Individual's Fulfillment
- 10 Ways to Find out, Whether You are Suffering from Internet Addiction Disorder
- 11 Simple Steps to Recover From Online Addiction
My Inspirational Statue
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 Article on "Getting Started with Creating our own Eclipse Plug-in" was Published in this Month [June 2006] edition of "DeveloperIQ" . It's really great feeling, to share what we know with others :).
Last week, we had Chennai Bloggers Meet at Ascendas ePark - Food Court. I could see good turn out then last year and more girls too. Some of the most interesting people who turned up are Kiruba, Kausik, Sheky, Baggy, Sharique, Nushi, Rama, Sagaro, Vinayak, Rekha, Rahul, Sandhya, Varun, Kartik Kannan, Raghu, Katheeja, Hamsini, Aishwarya, Varsha, Suraksha, Sarani, Nina, TK, Jammy. Hope I have named everyone ;).
CNET lists the top 10 Google Applications, they are listed based on their usage and functionality. Some of these applications integrate seamlessly with each other, while others stand alone. >>
Here is the list of some interesting websites to download Mac - based Utilities.
BusinessWeek Info Tech 100 lists the top 100 IT companies of the year. Apple comes in No. 4, Bharti Airtel is in No. 10 only indian company in top 10 position, even Motorola is in 11 position and Google takes 13 th position, I think they must be in the top 10 position. Microsoft in 37 th position. >>
Virtual Replay allow us to reply all major goals of the current FIFA World Cup 2006 in 3D Mode. We can select different animation speeds in slow motion and allows users to explore the dynamic scenes from different camera angles. Do watch it and feel the moment!! >>
Last week, I created a new Mail account for one my personal use in Rediff.com’s Rediffmail.com. It is one of the most popular Mailing service used by most Indians all over the world since 1996. While I am browsing the site, I could see some of the basic Design and Usability Issues in Rediffmail. Here I am listing some of them:
In the Home page of ‘Rediff.com’, the header Icons on the top, can be used the web space more effectively. The blank space on the left  and right  side, seems to be bit odd to the user and they could be used to showcase other Rediff’s services like Rediff Bol, Rediff Blogs, Rediff Photos, etc, like we have in Yahoo! Mail.
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When I am getting started with Rediffmail, to create a new account, the registration form seems to be breaking the order. In the ‘Password Reminder Information’, I could see the field like Country, City and in ‘Tell us about yourself’ section we have State and PinCode fields. They must have them grouped in ‘Tell us about yourself’ section. There no specification to the user, which is optional or mandatory field, by providing a ‘*’ near the mandatory fields. I ignored the Occupation filed thinking that would be an optional field, but that is mandatory field, I could know only when I submitted the form.
Copyright message in the footer, still with copyright to 2004. This is not a big issue but still it has to be changed.
Next, I started with composing a mail and tried with attaching some files. When I finished attaching the files, I couldn’t find the ‘Done’ button. Look I have attached only 3 files, but there are 4 files in the list. Look at the first one item in the list ‘List of attached file(s)’; actually it is label to the list, which has to be shown as label not inside the List item itself, but outside the item list. It confuses the user; I can even able to select that first item too!!
The Done button is just hiding; I have to scroll to the right to get the ‘Done’ button. New users obviously must find it difficult; have to search for the all the buttons. More over they also prevented the maximizing the page.
After I have attached 3 files and returned back to mail composer, I could see only one file. The attached files can be displayed in listed order to see all the attached files.
Distracting user mostly with frequent popup like this, this popup is of no much use as most of the browsers have popup blockers, which promptly stops them.
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In the ‘My Settings’ page, the ‘Personal Information’ and ‘Manage your Mail’ strips color pattern at first looks like Google Adsense ads. I think the color pattern has to be changed to merge with the theme.
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When I landed on the Customer Care page, it has two buttons in bottom of the page with two different colors; one button is in pink color and other looks like a normal button, I couldn’t understand what they convey to the user. Once again look at the Copyright still in 2003.
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When I moved to Upgrade Rediffmail page, I could see two copyright messages in the footer, with copyright to 2004. I think they have to upgrade the year first and remove the extra footer next.
These are some of the issues, I could see very well in just a single instance of my analysis of the website. They just seems to be very simple, but they really matter to maintain the standard and quality of a website and could obviously reduce the sites reliability. I feel Rediffmail, has to improve their user experience, especially by improving their User Interface and expect their services to continue great like now, until then they can’t compete with other major players. Hope Rediff hear me ...
Update: I have sent this post to Rediff.com's Customer care and to the CEO of Rediff. Although I haven't received any official information from them, I could find the changes I have pointed out especially their Home page.
PC Gaming Mod or Modification adds extra dimension of replayability and interest. Here is collection of some Interesting Computer Gaming Mod sites, every Gamer must checkout and have fun!
To fight the threats to our Wireless Network, there are few software tools we should keep handy. Following Wireless security tools are provided as Educative and for Administrative purpose to check the network vulnerability. Normal users please handle with care.
Black Alchemy's Fake AP generates thousands of counterfeit 802.11b access points. Hide in plain sight amongst Fake AP's cacophony of beacon frames. As part of a honeypot or as an instrument of your site security plan, Fake AP confuses Wardrivers, NetStumblers, Script Kiddies, and other undesirables.
AirSnort is a wireless LAN (WLAN) tool which cracks encryption keys on 802.11b WEP networks. AirSnort operates by passively monitoring transmissions, computing the encryption key when enough packets have been gathered.
Kismet, default wireless network administration tool, works with 802.11a/b/g that supports raw packets monitoring mode, can be used as Intrusion Detection System [IDS].
MiniStumbler, from NetStumbler used on devices running on devices running PocketPC 3 and PocketPC 2002 OS.
Trifinite, download collection of Bluetooth, J2ME, RFID security tools and wireless security whitepapers.
Google's Picasa now extends to Web Albums which allows us to post and share our photos quickly and easily on the web. We can store and share approximately 1000 photos and can be automatically resized and optimized. Google is giving away the Invitation, so hurry... >>
Checkout this some interesting useful less known webSites about Linux:
Alphabetical Directory of Linux Commands with brief information, from O'Reilly.
A Great collection Technicial database about different distribution of Linux, from RedHat, Fefora, SuSE, and FreeBSD Documentation.
Linux Art and Design Resources
Google Search specific to Linux Technology
Source of Linux related Security issues
Linux Based Games and Codes
A active Linux Community to answer our questions
Collection of Linux based links for various platforms
Google Browser Sync is an Firefox extension that continuously synchronizes our browser settings including bookmarks, history, persistent cookies, and saved passwords across our computers. It also allows us to restore open tabs and windows across different machines and browser sessions. >>
Google Spreadsheets, allows us to create basic spreadsheets from scratch. We can start from scratch and do all the basics, including changing the number format, sorting by columns, and adding formulas, upload our spreadsheet files, upload spreadsheets or worksheets from CSV or XLS format and lots more... think Google is taking the whole desktop application to the web ... >>
Check out this interesting post on How to Deploy Windows Software on Sun Ray by Paul Murphy from zdnet. He explains different ways to provide access to Windows applications on Sun Ray smart displays. >>
Apple has canceled its plans for its offshore tech support in India. Times of India reports that Apple has laid off all 30 employees it had hired for its subsidiary, Apple Services India Pvt Ltd. in April of this year. However, it will continue to operate its sales and marketing arm in Bangalore which employs 25 people. The specific reasons for the pullout were unkwnon, Apple had planned a two-phase 300,000 square-foot tech support center with as many as 1,500 workers by the end of this year and a total of 3,000 employees by the end of 2007 in the new Bangalore facility. Excepting it very soon. >>
VeriSign's Personal Identity Provider (PIP) is an identity service designed to provide a “home base” for users who want use OpenID applications. Users who register with the VeriSign PIP get an OpenID a URL they can use to login and authenticate at sites that accept OpenID. In addition, the VeriSign PIP lets us to store profile information, and control how, when and with whom that information can be shared. When we register at the VeriSign PIP, our user name is used to generate a unique URL for our profile. For example, if we are reading a blog at LiveJournal.com, and want to leave a comment, we can go register for an account at LiveJournal, or just use your OpenID. Enter your OpenID URL, and the LiveJournal will authenticate us with the VeriSign PIP. All this is for free...>>
Yahoo! recently launched it's Yahoo! Video, which allow user to create videos on the site like YouTube. File size limit is set to 100 MB. Videos can be set to public or private, and viewers can search and sort videos by popularity, category, tags and can be rated by the viewers. >>
Check out this interesting, set of strangest custom gaming consoles... really great and looks cool collection of Gaming consoles ... >>
BenQ-Siemens Q-fi EF71 is one of the first mobile phones within BenQ-Siemens Q-fi range of music-focused devices. Q-fi products feature easy-to-use music entertainment with easy access to music functions and a plug and play, all-in-one solution for mobile music lovers. The music player of the Q-fi EF71 supports all current formats like MP3, AAC and WMA. Integrated 2.0 megapixel camera with 9x linear zoom and camcorder function lets you capture exciting moments spontaneously as photos or video. The Q-fi EF71 can even double as a webcam if connected with a computer via a USB cable. Expected to release in July 2006. >>
Advanced Installer is a Windows Installer for Java applications, integrating them fully into the Windows OS and making them look and feel just like a native application. It's really cool and easy to getting started with your Installer for Java for Windows applications... although my all time favourite is InstallAnywhere...>>