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.

/ 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.

/ 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 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.

/ Interests

I enjoy travel / adventure, 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

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.com, Planet Mozilla, Linux Toy and many popular blogs.

Published Usability report on Yahoo! Flickr, MSN Hotmail and Rediff.com.

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.

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


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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4 Comments:

At 5:00 AM, Blogger Adiya said...

Yes u can hide navigation bar. lot of templates provides that.

 
At 5:08 PM, Blogger balakumar said...

adiya, I know that :), but I pointing that their is no official statement about this.

 
At 4:53 AM, Blogger Adiya said...

i am mooted or over biased to say Blogger or Move.X infrastructure is the best piece of loosely system or highly SOA based. Compare to the existing content management systems i feel this just ease the purpose with simple approach.
In that context users are allowed to change the User Interface and cannot alter busines or server side logic. Kind of over powerful than JSP kind of template engine and does super things than freemarker, velocity :)

P.S>> i am still dreaming to built more ideal s/w or product in life which is pure in vain. .:)

ha ha .. over crazy may be..

 
At 4:47 PM, Blogger Shankar Ganesh said...

One feature I am longing for: Notifying the bloggers who posted comments on a post, about the follow up comments. WPress has this, not Blogger. Will Google Listen?

 

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