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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 more than 17+ years’ experience in architecting Web Applications solving technology and business challenges, Travel & Culture Photographer, TEDx Fellow, Hatha Yoga practitioner, Minimalist, DIY Creative 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.

Product developed by me was shortlisted and selected to get showcased at Nasscom Product Conclave (NCP), the India'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 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 - 10 Year Celebration of Java Technology, Sun Microsystems appreciation for testing early versions of Java Platform.

TEDx Fellow and Mentor for NurtureTalent Startup Boot Camp at IIT Madras.

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

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.

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

My Works has been featured in


Me and My works has been featured at 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


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.

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.

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...”

53 Interesting Twitter Links for Fun, Geeks !

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Twitter needs no introduction, checkout few of the Interesting Twitter links for fun, geeks:


TwiTunes is an AppleScript for Mac OS X that posts the current iTunes track to Twitter:

http://tint.de/twitunes-applescript


Ubuntu Deskbar plugin, script to let's us to post twitter messages from the Ubuntu Deskbar

http://philwilson.org/blog/2007/03/post-to-twitter-from-ubuntu-deskbar.html


Twitter Perl command-line status Script

A Perl command line status script to answer the age-old question from the comfort of the command-line, via twitter.

http://polydistortion.net/sw/twitter/wd


Catch-up Your Favorite Celebrities on Twitter


Britney Spears http://twitter.com/britney

David Beckham http://twitter.com/davidbeckham


Tom Cruise
http://twitter.com/tomcruise

Pamela Anderson http://twitter.com/pamelaanderson


Robbie Williams
http://twitter.com/robbiewilliams

Angelina Jolie http://twitter.com/angelinajolie


Madonna
http://twitter.com/Madonna


Simon
Cowell http://twitter.com/simoncowell

John Travolta http://www.twitter.com/johntravolta


The Queen
http://twitter.com/thequeen

Tom Hanks http://www.twitter.com/tomhanks


Snoop Dog
http://twitter.com/snoop

Ben Affleck http://twitter.com/benaffleck


Cameron Diaz
http://twitter.com/camerondiaz


Bradd Pitt
http://twitter.com/bradpitt


Jeniffer Aniston
http://twitter.com/jenniferaniston


Johnny Depp
http://twitter.com/johnnydepp

Leonardo DiCaprio http://twitter.com/leocaprio


Lindsay Lohan
http://twitter.com/lindsaydeelohan


Naomi Campbell
http://twitter.com/naomicampbell

Paris Hilton http://twitter.com/pariswhilton


Tweetbar

Tweetbar is a cool Twitter sidebar for Firefox and Flock.

http://mikedemers.net/2007/03/19/announcing-tweetbar/


Digg_All

Get all the latest hot Digg news updates on your mobile

http://twitter.com/digg_all


Python Twitter

A Python wrapper around the Twitter API.

http://code.google.com/p/python-twitter/


TwitterPostTwitterPost allows us to easily post to and read from our Twitter feed plus a whole lot more. http://www.railheaddesign.com/downloads/software/TwitterPost.dmg

Chitter

Chitter is an iChat plugin that integrates iChat with Twitter. If we use Twitter and have a Mac, this will make our life much easier.

http://www.roflsoftware.com/download


Twittersearch

Another script from twittermap that allows us to search through users twits

http://twittermap.com/search


GeoTwitter uses Google Maps API and Twitter API. The most recent updates are fetched from the public timeline and mapped once every minute.

http://geotwitter.org/


Twitish a twitter shell written in Perl for Linux.

http://toufeeq.blogspot.com/2007/01/twitish.html


Twitteroo

Twitteroo lets us to send Twitter tweets from our desktop

http://rareedge.com/twitteroo/


Scripting Twitter with curl

cURL is a very versatile command line utility which is designed to script web page interactions

http://www.sakana.fr/blog/2007/03/18/scripting-twitter-with-curl/


TwitterBox

A Twitter client for Second Life users

http://ordinalmalaprop.com/twitter/


Google Talk Widget, To Twitt from our homepage with this Widget.

http://googletalk.blogspot.com/2007/03/google-talk-gadget.html


CricTimes

Crazy about Cricket, catch up the real action ball by ball at

http://twitter.com/crictimes


Gtwitter

A Twitter client for linux

http://cde.google.com/p/gtwitter/


triQQr v0.2

A Twitter Client for Windows

http://triqqr.de/


Twadget

A Windows Vista sidebar gadget

http://arsecandle.org/twadget/


Chris Forbes Twitter Badge

A simple JavaScript badge that shows our latest twits

http://chrisjf.blogspot.com/2007/03/chris-forbes-original-twitter-badge.html


Twitgit for TwitterRead your friend’s most recent twitterings from Dashboard Post status updates right in the widget

http://ben-ward.co.uk/files/widgets/Twitgit.zip


Twitterami, uses Frappr to see Twitter friends on a map.

http://www.twitterami.com/

MyChores keeps track of our household chores and send automatic Twitter posts whenever we complete a task

http://www.mychores.co.uk/


Twapper which lets us to keep up with twitter on our mobile phone browser. It has built in image support for flickhttp://m.30boxes.com/twapper


Mail2Twitter

Mail2Twitter is a free service that allows us to post tweets through e-mail, and the most important, from any email-enabled mobile device. http://www.mail2twitter.com


| Tweet
Updating our tweets through Quicksilver

http://soylentfoo.jnewland.com/articles/2007/01/22/tweet-update-twitter-via-quicksilver


WHERE, attaches our current GPS location to our tweets

http://www.where.com/


Twitter Weather, get weather updates via twitter

http://romeda.org/blog/2006/12/weather-by-twitter.html


Twessenger

Twitter add-in for Windows Live Messenger. Twessenger automatically updates our messenger Personal Message at regular intervals to reflect our latest Twitter tweet.

http://kunal.kundaje.net/twessenger/Twessenger.zip


Visual Twit a simple Twitter posting client for Windows

http://profnano.org/code/VisualTwit.zip



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