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


Super Secured Hard Disks from Seagate

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Seagate has developed a full disk encryption technology called DriveTrust, which automatically encrypts all the data written to the disk, making it inaccessible to anyone who doesn't have the correct password when the computer first boots up. Designed to make life tougher for computer thieves and makes our life more safer. >>

Scariest Technologies of 2006

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CNN has listed down the top most frightening technologies for this Halloween season. The list consists of ghastliest gizmos, scariest software [windows vista], Sony lithiumion batteries, VoIP and most terrifying technologies of the year. Good listing. >>

One in Five Use iPod at Work

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According to a survery, More than one in five workers are using iPod in workplace to listen to music at their desks. About 22 per cent of employees use their iPod or other digital music player for up to three hours a day in the office and 30 per cent of British firms have banned the devices. I think listening to music will improve the producivity to some extent. >>

Mozilla Firefox Party, Live Action From Chennai, India !!

To celebrate the release of the latest Mozilla Firefox version 2, Firefox Party is been organized all over the world to mark the event. We celebrated the Firefox Party at Chennai on 28/10/2006. The party was wonderfully organized by GeekLogix Solutions, Chennai. It was an invite only party with limited participation. I am really proud to be part of the organizing team of the Firefox Party Chennai.


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Firefox party in Chennai was a massive success :). In spite of HEAVY FLOODED rain in Chennai, Every one of us challenged nature to be there on time.


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Agenda we had for Mozilla Firefox Party, Chennai:

  • Welcome Keynote, by Balakumar Muthu
  • Talk about new features in Mozilla Firefox 2, by Taslim Ahmed
  • Watching Inspiring Mozilla Firefox Videos, from FirefoxFlicks.com
  • Discussion about Firefox
  • CD Distribution of Mozilla Firefox 2 bundled with loads of extensions and Mozilla Thunderbird, along with Ubuntu CDs.
  • Tasting Hot Panner Pizzas and Cool drinks.
  • Thank you Note by Prabheesh Chandran


Taslim Ahmed’s session about the latest new features in Mozilla Firefox 2



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Serious, interactive discussion on features people love in Firefox and different ways to spread Firefox in the region and many more things, along with tasting pizza’s ;).

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Proud participants of the Mozilla Firefox 2 Launch Party:

Sundaram, Taslim Ahmed, Prabheesh Chandran, Manoj Kumar, Sankarapandian, Ashok Srinivasan, Shyam Sundar, Srinivasan Ramachandran, Subramanian, Sridhar, Vijayaarasan, Hari Krishna and Balakumar Muthu.


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Members of the GeekLogix Solutions Mr. P. Sundaram, Taslim Ahmed and Prabheesh Chandran.


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Poster Ideas and Designed by Me :) , specially for the Mozilla Firefox 2 Party, Chennai Celebration. [I think Mozilla Firefox Team, has to send me some Firefox Goodies for my posters ;)]

This poster says, “Mozilla Firefox turns the world to the RIGHT SIDE! >>”


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“The Web is in my Hand with Mozilla Firefox.” [btw, that’s my hand :)]


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“Mozilla Firefox READY for ANYTHING.”


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“Mozilla Firefox 2 the most powerful Internet Platform.”


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All the Participates received the latest Mozilla Firefox version 2 bundled with bunch of most useful extensions and Latest version of Mozilla Thunderbird CDs.


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And the latest edition of Ubuntu Dapper CDs.


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Special edition of Firefox 2 Launch party T-Shirt


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Party without Balloons ?


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Very HOT taste Panner Pizza ;).


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Along with COOL drinks.


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Java Duke with Firefox


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At this moment, I would like to convey my very special thanks to Mr. Krishnan Subramanian CEO of GeekLogix Solutions, for his strong support for the event, only because of him the party was made in to a GREAT success.

And thanks to all the participates, it was an amazing experience for me to meet you guys.

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Mozilla Firefox Party happens all over the world, checkout the party location near you at:

Firefox Party Map http://firefoxparty.com/parties

Do join the Fun and to get ROCKED with FFox!!.


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Balakumar Muthu

Mobile Phone Recognize its Owner !

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NTT DoCoMo, from Japan has introduced a new mobile phone which recognize its owner and automatically locks when the person gets too far away from it and can be found via satellite navigation if it goes missing. The P903i, comes with a small black card about the size of a movie-ticket stub. If an owner keeps the card in a bag or pocket, the phone recognizes when the card moves too far away and locks automatically to prevent someone from making a call. The user can choose to have the phone lock when it is 26 feet, 66 feet or 130 feet away. Most wanted feature in India. >>

Upgrading From Ubuntu Dapper to Ubuntu Edgy Eft

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The Latest Ubuntu 6.10 Ubuntu Edgy Eft, release comes a whole host of excellent new features. Improvements have been made all around such as faster system boot up times, faster GNOME start up times, improvements to the user interface, a shiny new optimized kernel, GNOME 2.16, and much more. Checkout this simple tutorial on how to upgrade from Ubuntu Dapper to the latest Ubuntu Edgy Eft.>>

Find Out, What Kind of Blogger You Are?

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Just checkout the 7 simple question to find out, what is the level of Blogger you are. Are you a life or pundit blogger :) ?. >>

Java to be Open-sourced in 30 to 60 Days!!

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Sun President and CEO Jonathan Schwartz said at the Oracle OpenWorld conference, that Sun Microsystems is set to announce the open-sourcing of the core Java platform within 30 to 60 days. The core platform encompasses the Standard Edition of Java, and it will be offered via an open source format under an OSI. Java Enterprise Edition, already are available via open source, with the GlassFish application server constituting the open source enterprise variant. >>

Microsoft Sends Cake to Firefox 2 Release

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Microsoft Internet Explorer Team has sent a cake for the release of Firefox 2. Think Microsoft now feels the power of the Firefox and Open Source Communities. >>

Mozilla Firefox 2 Released

Firefox 2



The Mozilla Corporation has officially released Mozilla Firefox 2 for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Firefox 2 now with a refreshed user interface, anti-phishing protection, improvements to the built-in search feature, tabbed browsing changes, the ability to restore an interrupted session, better support for Web feeds, inline spell-checking, support for microsummaries and a number of other enhancements. Get it now!! >>

Mobile Phones Increases Infertility in Men!

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Researchers warn, men who use mobile phones could be risking their fertility. A new study shows a worrying link between poor sperm and the number of hours a day that a man uses his mobile phone. Those who made calls on a mobile phone for more than four hours a day had the worst sperm counts. Doctors believe the damage could be caused by the electromagnetic radiation emitted by handsets or the heat they generate. >>

Ubuntu Versions Code Name Lists

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Ubuntu is known for having the funkiest release code names. The official name of an Ubuntu release is "Ubuntu X.YY" with X representing the year (minus 2000) and YY representing the month of eventual release within in that year. Checkout how it got code names like Dapper, Warty, Hoary, Hedgehog and their history. >>

Google Custom Search Engine

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Google has launched Google Custom Search Engine, which allows to create highly specialized Search Engine that reflects our knowledge and interests. We can place them on our website and and specify or prioritize the sites we want to include in searches. We can also change the look and feel and also name the search as we wish. >>

Sudoku in Toilet Paper

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If you are one of a Sudoku addictive and never can be without it, then Sudoku Toilet Paper is just for you. They are imprinted with Sudoku puzzles, so we can spend our time usefully in the toilet :). It consists of approximately 240 sheets per roll. >>

Google Earth Election Mashup

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Google Earth has launced a new election mashup application to displays information about candidates about the congressional races in US. The map has stars for each of the 436 congressional districts, which display information about the candidates and voting information. Good job google. >>

JavaCompiler : Compile Java to Native Exe

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JavaCompiler helps to easily compile Java code to binary executables for Linux and Windows platforms. The process is provided with a simple to use GUI and the created executable has an acceptable size. It has a built-in support for all Most of the GUI frameworks like SWT, JFace, AWT and Swing. >> More Info

Blake Ross : Firefox Creator on Browser's Future

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Blake Ross, one of the Co-Creator of Firefox, explores the challenges ahead for browser users, like the need to better manage the multiple sites they access at once. According to him the browsers will never reach the finish line, because as the basics get easier, people will adopt more complicated usage patterns that themselves will need to get easier. >>

UbuntuClips.org : Video Clips for New Users

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Ubuntu is a one of the popularly used open source GNU/Linux operating system with a wealth of features and programs. To help out the new Ubuntu users, ubuntuclips.org site provides short video clips that highlight Ubuntu's features and demonstrate how to complete common tasks using Ubuntu. The video clips are categorized to various levels like desktop, install, music, photos, web. >>

My Happy Diwali Wishes to You and Everyone :) !!

I wish you and your Family a very Happy Diwali :)

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This Diwali will bring you M O R E joy, light and sweetness to your life.

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Balakumar Muthu

Mobile Phone Trends in Japan

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Japan's largest Mobile operator KDDI, has opened its Designing Studio in Tokyo's Harajuku area, sort of a ground zero for teen girls interested in fashion. With their Life Pod with RFID chip, the phone downloads information from the kiosk and uploads it to a personal blog. The phone also posts information about time, date, location and more. Life Pod is still in the experimental phase. Check out what's more amazying mobile phone trends japan is going to have.>>

Firefox Version 3 Feature Suggestions !!

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Even before the release of the final version of Firefox 2, developers at Mozilla are already asked the community for suggestions on features they'd like to see included in the next version of the browser, Firefox 3.0. It's goal is to create a single index that lists what sorts of things we're thinking of doing, with links to more detailed ideas about implementation specifics or concerns, and targets for inclusion in the project. Got any ideas for Firefox then drop in your suggestions for the Future Firefox. >>

11 Important Timelines of Open Source Software Movement, During Last Century !!

Some of the most important timelines of Open Source Software Movement, during last century :


1969 : First Version of UNIX

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Ken Thompson, a researcher at Bell labs, develops the first version of Unix. A multi-user, multitasking operating system, Unix becomes popular in universities and research labs, and its source code is distributed freely.

1971 : From 'Free' to 'Open'

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Richard Stallman, a pioneer in the open source movement, joins an MIT group devoted exclusively to free software.

1979 : Emergence of the Open Software Foundation

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AT&T announces plans to commercialize Unix, and in response, the University of California at Berkeley creates its own version of Unix, called BSD [Berkeley Software Distributions] Unix. BSD Unix is adopted by vendors such as DEC and Sun. AT&T and Sun later agree to merge their version of Unix, which prompts competitors [DEC, HP, and IBM] to form the Open Software Foundation.

1983 : GNU Project

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Richard Stallman established the GNU project to promote the free software model, applications and programming tools. GNU establishes the General Public License [GPL], better known as copyleft, which becomes the model for many open source projects.

1986 : PERL created

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Larry Wall creates PERL[Practical Extension and Report Language], a CGI [Common Gateway Interface] scripting language, which is one of the standard means of delivering more dynamic content on the Web.

1987 : Minix is distributed with code

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Developer Andrew Tanenbaum released Minix, a version of Unix for the PC, Mac, Amiga and Atari ST. It comes with complete source code.

1989 : Linux Born

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Aiming to exceed the capabilities of Minix, a student at the University of Helsinki, Linus Torvalds, releases a new Unix variant, Linux. Three years later, Torvalds copylefts Linux.

1993 : FreeBSD

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FreeBSD 1.0 is released, based on BSD UNIX, Free BSF includes networking, virtual memory, task switching and large filenames.

1994 : Linux goes Mainstream

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Marc Ewing forms Red Hat Linux with an aim to simplify Linux usage. Red Hat Packages Linux with third-party applications, documentation, and initial technical support and starts sells their version. Same year, Bryan Sparks founds Caldera with backing by former Novell CEO Ray Noorda.

1995 : A Patchy Server

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The Apache Group builds a new Web Server, Apache based on the National Center for Supercomputing Applications [NCSA's] HTTPd 1.3 and a series of patch files. The free Web server becomes one of he most popular HTTP servers.

1998 : OSS Revolution


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Netscape announces it will not only give away Communicator 5.0 but will also release its source code.


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Corel Computer Corporation announces Netwinder, an inexpensive network computer that uses Linux as its production OS. This is the first major, conscious adoption of what is called the widget-frosting model by an established business outfit. Corel also announces planes to port WordPerfect and its other office software to Linux.


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Sun Microsystems makes Solaris available under a free license to individual users, also to educational/non-profit/research institutions.


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IBM announces that it will sell and support Apache as part of its WebSphere shite. The trade press hails this as a breakthrough for Open Source software.


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Oracle and Informix announced that the will port their database to Linux.


Steve Ballmer, Microsoft President admits, " Sure, we're worried about Apache and Linux", and says Microsoft is considering disclosing more Windows source.

Any other important timeline of Open Source Software sagas, I have left ?