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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'm Balakumar Muthu, an International Award-winning Entrepreneur, Technologist, received Asia Innovation Award from SingTel – Singapore, Software Consultant, UI/UX Designer & Developer with 17+ years’ experience in architecting Web Applications solving technology and business challenges, Love building Software products, Travel & Culture Photographer, TEDx Fellow, Hatha Yoga practitioner, Minimalist, Creative DIY Hacker and a Geek based in Asia.


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 venture 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 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 150 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 Current Reading List: Books


❝ If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.❞

my 2019 - 2020 full reading list: 95 books

View My Reading List...

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 and 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...”

4 Simple Features I Need in Google Blogger !

I am one of the happy :) Google’s Blogger users since 2004. I just love its simple and real user friendliness; after all it’s part of Google. Each day I am experimenting and trying out new things with Blogger.

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Some times I feel the need of some changes or feature improvements in Blogger Platform. Here I am listing out just four simple features or changes I need in Google’s Blogger.

Improvement in Preview Option

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The Blogger’s preview feature seems to provide preview only for the Main page. Suppose if I am changing my template or adding any ads in the comments section. The preview option doesn’t seem to be work in the comments part. I have to save the template, only after that I can see my changes.

Changes made in the comments section can’t be previewed using ‘Preview’ option.

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Due to this, each time I have to save the template, to see my changes. It really takes some time as each time I have to save and publish to see how my changes would look.

I want to see all the functionality to work and previewed in the Preview mode, not just the main part of the page.


Need for Backup Support


Backup is the major feature needs some good support. Blogger doesn’t have any inbuilt backup tools. I am just wondering how such a popular Blogging platform could miss such a most wanted feature.

Currently if I want to backup my blog, the only way as officially provided by Blogger is, I have to remove my current template and replace it with Blogger’s backup code.

Checkout what Blogger officially says about Backup:

Blogger does not have an export or download function. However, you can use the following instructions to create a single file with all your posts which you may publish and then copy to your own computer for use as desired. Note: If you intend to continue using your blog, please save a copy of your existing template in a file on your computer as you will need to have it at hand after this process is completed.

Checkout the full official blogger’s backup steps

I have a question, why should I change my blog template to backup my Blog. I feel Blogger has more user base of non-techie and newbie users, I am very sure they wont feel comfortable with this Blogger’s current backup process.

There are some unofficial Blogger Backup tools like Codeplex’s “Blogger Backup utility ”, but I am not much confident about the reliability of such utilities. Such tools needs us to provide our Google Blogger account username and password [!?] to backup our blog.



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I think Google must provide some inbuilt simple to use Blogger Backup utility, which I have expected in the current new Blogger Beta.


Navbar Customizing


This is the most talked issue among the Blogger’s community, whether to hide it or not?. Some Bloggers hide them and some are not sure whether to remove them.

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I could see in the Blogger’s official blog, “Blogger Buzz ”, the Navbar seems to be customized by removing their blog's “Flag” option.



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I feel Blogger should also give us the feature to customize our Navbar, So that the user can make a choice of having the Navbar, Flag option or any other features.

MORE STABLE

Please Google, make Blogger Moooooore stable; it is the one of the most used Google service [actually I want to put this point, as the first one].

You know it well, so I am not going much deep in this one.

There are big bunch of Blogger lovers like me, so please take some extra care.

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Thanks Blogger

Balakumar Muthu


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