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लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु

Lokāḥ Samastāḥ Sukhino Bhavantu
may all beings everywhere be happy and free, may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.

I am Balakumar Muthu, an International Award-winning Entrepreneur, TEDx fellow, and Technologist, who received the Top 50 Asia Innovation Award from SingTel in Singapore, Red Herring Asia Award, Java Master Award conducted by Sun Microsystems and BenQ Siemens Germany and Top 100 Startups Award at NASSCOM Product Conclave (NCP).

With over 17 years of experience and strong expertise in Software Consulting, UI/UX Web Design, and Development. I specialize in architecting, designing, and building web applications to address both technology and business challenges across various domains, such as Software as a Service (SaaS), E-commerce, Usability, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Apps in Ed Tech, Retail Tech, Prop Tech, Med Tech, Freight/Logistics Tech, and Food Tech. Additionally, I have experience with Social Networking Services (SNS) and Blogging platforms (CMS/Wiki).

Early contributed member of World Wide Web Consortium (W3.org), W3C HTML 5 Working Group and Internet Society (ISOC) India Chapter.

Passionate about Indian and Japanese culture and philosophy, I am a practitioner of Hatha Yoga and an avid travel and culture photographer, documenting my journeys at CasualWalker.com.

You can ping me @ balakumar.muthu@gmail.com for all things exciting and engaging!

Awards & Recognitions, I have received

Awarded the "SingTel, Singapore - Asia's Top 50 Innovation Award” (winner lists) and the Winner of "Red Herring Asia Award" (finalists) for Technology Innovation.

My Startup was selected as one of the "Top 100 Startups" to get showcased at NASSCOM Product Conclave (NCP), Asia's largest platform for Product and Startup Companies to connect with Software Product leaders.

Selected at Google India - Interview as one of the Top 5 Finalists out of 16,000 + people applied. Created Google Kids – a search engine for kids prototype for demonstrating during my Google India Interview.

First Prize Winner of "Java Master Award " contest, conducted by Sun Microsystems and BenQ Siemens Germany.

Received Sun Microsystems Duke's Choice Awards - 10 Year Celebration of Java Technology and Sun Microsystems appreciation for my contribution to the early versions of Java Platform.

TEDx Fellow and Mentor for NurtureTalent Startup Boot Camp at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

My Previous Startup LoveLogger, the world's first Collaborative Blogging & Private Network for Pairs, which received a great response from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and China. LoveLogger was awarded the “Asia's Top 50 Apps 2011 Award” (winner lists) from SingTel, Singapore. It was also featured in many popular magazines & portals from Japan, Korea, and China. This product was launched even before the current popular pair apps like Pairy, Between, Hey, Cupple.

Selected as the Official Honorary Reporter for the Korean Culture and Information Service of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Early contributed member of World Wide Web Consortium (W3.org), W3C HTML 5 Working Group and Internet Society (ISOC) India Chapter.

My Expertise & specializations

I specializes in most aspects of Web business, including strategy, creative, design, development and it's growth. My strong expertise and experience includes Front-end development, UI/UX Design & Usability Expert, Branding, Content Management System (CMS), E-commerce, Software as a service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Singularity, Web Security, Firewall, User Onboarding, Typography, Developing Social Networking Platforms (SNS), Product Prototyping, SEO and Linux & Open Source Technologies.

My Personal Interests

I enjoy travel & photography, yoga, rock climbing, simple things — nature, reading. I love philosophy, art, culture, highly interested and passionate about the Indian, Korean & Japanese traditions, trying different flavors of tea, Wabi-sabi, Zen philosophy, making mistakes & learning from them, DIY hacks, and Western movies and Comics.

My Works featured at press / media

My works have been featured & covered by ZDNet Asia, Economic Times, British Council India, Times of India (TOI), Citizen Matters, Yahoo! Japan, MSN Japan, Infoseek, Japan.Internet.com, Livedoor.com, Google Blogoscoped, Netscape.com, Java.net, Webpronews, Planet Mozilla, Linux Toy, DeveloperIQ, Sina.com and many other popular Asian publishers. Java.net published my Java Duke Holiday Pictures from 1000's of submission.

Writings & My Contributions

Wikipedian contributed to more than 100's of Wikipedia pages in various topics in the Computer/Internet Technology category. Contributing writer of DeveloperIQ Magazine on the latest Web Technologies.

Curator of Casual Walker a Travel & Culture - Photography journal and guide, focuses on a wide range of visual stories - connecting travel, culture, places, events, art, reviews, technology & books. Casual Walker is ranked as the Top 75 Travel Blogs in India. view.

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.

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.

My Travel & Culture Photography

Contact & Reach me

Want to work together, grabbing a coffee, or say hello? Good! personally, I have zero presence on Facebook or Twitter. You can ping and text me:


Self - made man
the statue I greatly admire & the principle I strongly believe

“... left to his own devices, man will use his god-given talents to be creative, productive, & 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...”

Top 50 Games of the Year 2006


Next Generation has listed and ranked down the top 50 games of the year 2006. If you are a game freak, checkout the big list of mind boggling video games and find yourself how many games you have played. >>

Hackers Launch New MS PowerPoint Attack !


Hackers launch a new Microsoft PowerPoint presentation attack, which circulates via e-mail and hides within an apparently innocent PowerPoint slide show called "Christmas+Blessing-4.ppt". It is a variant of the "Hupigon" backdoor Trojan horse, which is not been properly detected by most anti virus scanners. So watch out before opening unsolicited email attachments and make sure it comes only from a known source. >>

Google Blog Search Takes over Technorati !


Google Blog Search's market share has moved up to 25% recorded last week, taking over Technorati search. Hitwise reports that, Google Blog Search began catching up to Technorati in October, when Google placed a link to Blog Search on the Google News home page, causing a 168% surge in market share for Google Blog Search over a two week period. Since then, approximately 60% of Google Blog Search's traffic has been coming directly from Google News. >>

Web's Most Useful Sites


PC World lists down the web's most useful sites. It has looked at the best of the web services in 14 categories, ranging from online office suites, other productivity tools to recommendation services and event listing sites. It also lists down some of the best widgets applications and mashups. >>

Which is the Best Question & Answer Site? : Technology Review Answers


Technology Review, tests Yahoo Answers, Microsoft Live QnA, AnswerBag, Yedda, Wondir, and Amazon Askville to find out which is the best Question and Answer site. The test is based on the quality and originality of the answers and richness of its features. Checkout it's full review and results. >>

Linutop : Linux Based Diskless Computer



Linutop is a linux-based diskless computer, which is designed specifically for the low-power operations in an extremely small package. It is ideal for Internet usages in Schools, Universities, Government offices, Internet cafés. Linuxtop runs on AMD Geode processor with 512 MB ROM, 256 MB RAM and also has support for USB 2.0 ports. >>

Java.net Publishes My Duke Holiday Pictures 2006 !



Java.net has published my contributed pictures for the “Java Duke Holiday Pictures 2006” in their featured article :). Although I had more ideas, due to the time constraint I have send them only 2 pictures. My thanks to Java.net editor Chris Adamson for selecting and publishing my pictures. Checkout them at:


My Happy New Year 2007 Wishes to You and Everyone :)

I wish you and your Family a very Happy New Year 2007 :).

You are on the way to so many Wonderful and Beautiful things in the year 2007.

Balakumar Muthu

Microsoft Applies for Patent RSS !


Microsoft has applied for patent to RSS technology. As we know RSS is a popular XML format for sharing content among Web and was originally developed by Netscape. I don’t what is the need for Microsoft to patent such an popular open data format. >>

Steve Jobs in his NeXT Years


Apples early Macintosh launch was a failure. Steve Jobs had predicted that Apple sell 500,000 Macs the first year alone, but the company sold only 10% of Jobs' original prediction. Checkout an interesting writeup on why Steve Jobs left Apple, started NeXT and also how he returned and made Apple into a Mega Historic success. >>

Google Takes Over Yahoo in User Visits!


According to a report by ComScore, Google has overtook Yahoo as the second most popular Internet destination for Web surfers worldwide. Google websites visited by over 475,713, while475,262 visits to Yahoo!. Video sharing website YouTube placed in tenth position. >>

20q - Pocket Mind Reader : Gadget That Reads Our Mind


20q - Pocket Mind Reader, is a pocket sized gadget that can read our mind. We have to just think of an object either an animal, vegetable, mineral or anything and then 20q will ask us a series of questions through it's LED display. We have to simply answer YES, NO using the appropriate buttons. The 20q will attempt to guess our object after the 20th question. If it guesses correctly, 20q wins! If it misses it will attempt 5 more questions and will then make another guess. If it misses again then we have officially stumped the pocket 20q and it will courageously admit defeat ;). >>

How to Make Projects Work : A Simple Guide


Zdnet have released an simple and interesting guide on how to make our projects really work. This straightforward guide covers key principles and successfully planning and implementing a project. It includes the purpose of the project plan, the fine art of scheduling, risk management, and staying on track. A must read for all beginner level to high level devlopers. >>

Opera Browser for Wii Gaming Console !


Opera has announced the trial version of its Web browser for Nintendo's Wii gaming console. It allows the Wii users to browse the Internet using their consoles. The browser will be available for free download from December 22, 2006. Opera moves very fastly and targets its browser to other platforms. First the opera mini browser now moving to the gaming consoles. I am sure it is going to be big hit. >>

2007 is Open Source Year !


Infoworld, reports that 2007 will be an year for Open source, as software companies are increasingly looking to add value on top of base open source platforms. The pace of change in the open source software business is likely to accelerate in 2007 as developers climb up the software stack from the operating system and databases to applications. >>

I am Back in to Blogosphere :) !!


Hi Guys, I am still alive and back in to Blogosphere after a very long break. As my blog has been locked, I am not able to publish any new post. Sorry for the discomfort I have made. >>

Living without Blogging? It's very hard for me. Now the issue has been solved and I have learned a lot.

At this moment I would like to convey my hearty thanks to Google Blogoscoped forum, Philipp Lenssen, Ionut Alex. Chitu, RC, Matt Cutts, Blogger Team and to all of you guys ! :).

Thank you.

Balakumar Muthu

Wikipedia Founder To Give Away Site Tools for Free !


Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has announced that his for-profit company, Wikia Inc., is ready to give away for free all the software, computing, storage and network access that Web site builders need to create community collaboration sites. Wikia gives away the tools and the revenue to its users. It requires only that sites built with the company's resources link to Wikia.com, which makes money through advertising. >>

Top 10 Gadgets That Changed the World


Wired Magazine has listed down the top 10 Gadgets that have changed the world. The list takes us to the memories of past life-altering devices and how they evolved to the current modern era gadgets. >>

Technology to Help Ageing People


Older consumers want more real-time, personalized information on everyday matters such as the nutritional content of groceries. So MIT's AgeLab teamed with Procter & Gamble to develop the Smart Personal Advisor, a portable device that can attach to a shopping cart or be incorporated into a cell phone or personal digital assistant. It then can read information contained in barcodes and analyze how the item fits with a senior's personalized dietary needs. Checkout how technologies evolve to help the ageing people. >>

Linux Security Expert Kurt Seifried's Interview


Kurt Seifried, an well known linux security expert and the author of the Linux Administrators Security Guide. In this interview with linux.com, he gives his views on how security in Linux has been stacking up and where it's lacking, what users can do to secure their systems, and whether every admin needs to know. >>

Google Audio Ads


CNet reports that Google is tuning into radio ads. Google's recent limited beta test with over 20 Google AdWords customers and more than 730 stations, including XM Satellite, radio proves it. The radio ads are running in more than 260 metropolitan markets, covering about 87 percent of the country. >>

OScar : Building a Open Source Car !


OScar is a community of people plans and develops a new car in the web. It's main goal is to develop a car according to Open Source principles. OScar is about new ways of mobility and the spreading of the Open Source idea in the real physical world. >>

Searchbot : Build Your Own Searchbot


Searchbot is an experimental search engine that investigates the use of mythology, personification and game theory as motivational strategies in creating a sustainable search community. It allows to built our own personal search robot with a personality and then program it's search circuits with all the things we want to find. We can search for websites based on factual information like tags and locations, or more creative ways like colour and the mood we are in. We can even ask Searchbot a question and it will talk to other Searchbots to find the answer. >>

Musicovery : Visual Mood Jukebox


Musicovery is an flash-based visual music discovery application that allows us to listen to full music songs according to our moods like dark, energetic, positive, calm and differ in time period or style. Just a great visual way to hear our music. >>

Linux Equivalent Project


Linux Equivalent Project is a great help for the new linux users who are from windows background. It lists down all the windows softwares and it's linux equivalent opensource softwares we can use. >>

France Moving Towards Open Source !


The French government is planning to make Paris as a centre of excellence for open source software development. A group of academics and open source software entrepreneurs have been brought in to create the centre of excellence. It will develop a healthy and profitable open source software industry in the country. >>

Wired Magazine Tests and Rates 300+ Products


Wired Magazine has tested and rated 300+ best products. It is an definitive guide to gear and gadgets for 2006. For the first time, the reviews are also available online. The list consists of coolest Mobile phones, dig cams, laptops, gaming gears and much more. Checkout the list!. >>

MusikCube : Open Source Media Player


MusikCube is a rich feature, highly extensible Open Source Media Player for Windows. It is based on an embedded SQL database engine sqlite. It's Dynamic playlists feature allows fully automatic, randomized playback of songs based on our observed listening habits. The more we listen, the smarter it gets. MusikCube also makes transferring audio between home and work very easy with it's unique support for removable storage devices. >>

Linux-based Motofone Replaces Motorola Razr !


Motorola is shipping the first model of its Scalpel line of Linux-based phones set to replace the Razr model. The Motofone F3 available now in India, is an extremely low-end phone featuring an electronic paper display, breakthrough battery life, and usability features. Motorola announced the Motofone back in July, as the first model in a new Scpl line of Linux-based phones. Motorola officials saying that the Motofone could sell for as little as $50 when it does eventually reach the U.S. It aims to be simple and intuitive to use, even for those who have never used a computer or a phone before, and who may not even know how to read, according to Motorola. >>

Piggy Bank : Web Data Extracter


Piggy Bank is a Firefox extension that lets us to make use of Semantic Web content within Web content as we browse the Web. It turns our browser into a mashup platform, by allowing us to extract data from different web sites and mix them together. It also allows us store this extracted information locally to search later and to exchange the collected information with others. Piggy Bank offers an easy, incremental upgrade path to us without requiring a wholesale adoption of the Semantic Web vision. Very powerful and most useful extension. >>

Opera Mini 3.0 Released


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The famous mobile browser Opera Mini has released it's next version 3.0, with whole bunch of great features like RSS feed support, sharing picture from anywhere, anytime and upload our photo to a blog or forum, or as an e-mail attachment, the secure connections will now let us safely use secured sites, such as your e-mail, bank site, online stores, with no exposure of our personal details. If you have a Java MIDP-capable mobile phone, then just get it to feel the real mobile web action.>>