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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...”

How Google's Culture Differs from Others ?


Google with its lava lamps, simple doodle design, pampered employees and millionaires in its rank and file, it has become a cultural icon and an emblem of the gold-rush promise of the Web. Google was ranked by Fortune magazine as the best place in the U.S. to work, and it has reached another zenith by becoming the most popular Web site. Google's Chief Culture Officer, explains about the company's unique culture and how they keep Googlers happy. >>

Five Dream Jobs of the Future !


Innovation doesn't just create jobs, it spins off entirely new occupations. Here are just five of the hottest you can get into now. The job list consists:
  1. Disease Mapper
  2. Robot Programmer
  3. Information Engineer
  4. Radiosurgeon
  5. Second Life Lawyer
Checkout the interesting full job profiles. >>

One-Third of Businesses Run Fake Microsoft Softwares


Microsoft is to 'up the ante' on tackling business software piracy after its latest figures showed one-third of customers still run counterfeit software. Microsoft is hailing the success of its 'Keep IT Real' anti-piracy crackdown one year on from its launch, citing a 3.8 per cent drop in the Windows XP piracy rate to 12.9 per cent. But more than 8,300 pieces of counterfeit software have been found on UK business customer premises since last year. Microsoft's anti-piracy unit has admitted illegal software use is still rife among medium-sized businesses generally those with more than 100 employees but less than 1,000. >>

Kyte.tv : Put Video Anywhere


Kyte.tv is joining the online rush to make big money from the little screen with a new interactive twist by bringing together two of the Internet's most successful concepts online video and social networking. Kyte.tv allows us to upload photographs or video, add music or text, then broadcast our show, all from a mobile phone or personal computer. Viewers can log on, contribute to our channel, and talk with us and others via live chat. We can embed our channel on our blogs or MySpace page. >>

How to Send E-mail Without a Server ?


Sometimes it's useful to try to bypass our e-mail server when diagnosing a mail problem. Or perhaps we may want to see if another mail system is actually up and running and receiving mail. We can test it by talking directly to the recipient mail server. Checkout this interesting instructions. >>

TIME 100 : Vote for the Most Influential People of the Year


TIME Magazine has presented the TIME 100, the most influential people of the year. Read through the profiles of the 200 candidates and rate your top choices. Do check out their list below to see the full results. Who do you think should be on this year's list of TIME's most influential people?. >>

NASA Creates First 3-D Images of Sun


NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first 3-D images of the sun. For the first time, scientists are able to see structures in the sun's atmosphere in three dimensions. This new view will greatly aid scientists' ability to understand solar physics and there by improve space weather forecasting. To view this correctly, you must have 3D glasses :). >>

Blogosphere Map


Blogosphere is the most explosive social network, recent studies suggest that nearly 60 million blogs exist online, and about 175,000 more crop up daily that’s about 2 every second. Even though the vast majority of blogs are either abandoned or isolated, many bloggers like to link to other Web sites. Social media expert Matthew Hurst recently collected link data for six weeks and produced this plot of the most active and interconnected parts of the blogosphere. >>

Best Windows Skins/Look and Feel of 2006


WinCustomize.com has listed down the best ten skins in 2006. The skins allows us to customize everything from media players to the entire Windows applications GUI. Checkout them and change the way you are looking at your Windows look and feel. >>

Discovery Message Magnet Set


Discovery Message Magnet Set helps to easily create quick personal messages for up to six of our family members or roommates with this photo enhanced voice recorder. We can records messages up to 10 seconds long and Personalize each message with photos. It can be easily be placed on our refrigerator or by our phone and by simply press the record button to begin leaving our message. >>

Top 15 Great Free Utilities Never Heard Of Before


There are plenty of very good free programs that do everything from protecting us against spyware, to giving us a comprehensive look inside our PC, and cleaning our Registry, to managing our media, and plenty more. PC World has scoured the Web and come up with 15 favorite free utilities that most people have never heard of. The list focused on three popular categories like the security software, system tools, and graphics and multimedia. >>

Making Computers to Think Like a Human


By the age of five, a child can understand spoken language, distinguish a cat from a dog, and play a game of catch. These are three of the many things humans find easy that computers and robots currently cannot do. Despite decades of research, the computer scientists have not figured out how to do basic tasks of perception and robotics with a computer. Independent artificial intelligence researcher Jeff Hawkins explains how computers can be made to think like a Humans. >>

Rainlendar : Customizable Desktop Calendar


Rainlendar is a feature rich customizable calendar application that is easy to use, runs on both on Windows and on Linux. It uses the standard iCalendar format to store its events and tasks so we can easily transfer them between applications. We can also subscribe to online calendars and see our Outlook appointments directly in Rainlendar. >>

Mobile Life 2020 Competition : Predict the Mobile's Future


What will the mobile phone look like in the year 2020? Is it even smaller maybe integrated with the ring on our finger? Will it be a multipurpose tool that communicates with all the other tools we own? Submit your design of the future mobile phone, with a description of what it will be used for and a set of drawings describing its visual appearance in case it has one? The winner wins a 6 month employment to realize parts of the vision. Mobile Life Center at Stockholm University in Sweden conducts the competition and requires no entry fee, 31st May is the last day for submission. >>

Google + Apple = Goopple


Google and Apple already share plenty of ties. What would happen if they actually worked together?. It’s easy to see why tech fantasists root for a future tie-up between the two companies. Their fan bases would view a Google -Apple collaboration like a super group, all-star sports team or celebrity romance all in one. Imagine a Google integrating its search prowess deep into Apple's slick operating system. Or iPods that come loaded with Google maps, plugged into a wi-fi system powered by the search giant. slide show >>

Silverlight : Microsoft's Flash


Microsoft plans to introduce Silverlight software that puts videos on websites in a bid to win users from the market leader, Adobe Flash. It will be used by companies such as Netflix and Universal Music Group. The technology will help them create video-intensive Web pages that will appear the same on almost all operating systems. Microsoft is touting the program as cheaper and easier for Web developers to use than Flash. >>

Future of the Car : Commute 2.0


PopularScience Magazine takes an in-depth look at top ten automotive breakthroughs that promise to save us gas money and maybe even save the planet. From sexy electric sports cars to diminutive gas sippers, get ready to test drive the vehicles of tomorrow - The Commute 2.0. >>

CrossLoop : Free Secure Screen Sharing Tool


CrossLoop is a free secure screen sharing utility, which extends the boundaries of VNC’s traditional screen sharing by enabling non-technical users to get connected from anywhere on the Internet in seconds without changing any firewall or router settings. It only takes a few minutes to setup and no signup is required. The session data is encrypted at the end-points before being sent using a 128-bit encryption algorithm using a randomly-generated 12-digit access code. >>

How to Get the Web's New Lingo Right ?


Unsure of the difference between vlipping and vlogging? Can’t tell a Digg from a crog? Keep this glossary handy next time you log on to the web. The World Wide Web is adept at speeding up communication. So there’s little wonder it has given rise to a new language of abbreviations, acronyms, and other shorthand for activities and innovations. view slide show >>

Top 10 Firefox Extensions to Avoid !


Firefox has a big bunch of great extensions, but there are some extensions to be best avoided, including some of the most popular one. The popularity shouldn't be the acid test to determine if we should install an extension. Most extensions that are truly broken and crash our browser or suck up all our CPU power either, get fixed quickly or simply vanish. Some extensions are bad in unapparent ways, or just don't provide enough benefits to be worth running. >>

Hip E-mail Addresses Bad for Resumes


Finding that perfect snarky, witty, so cool nickname to attach to our e-mail address, the one that fits our likes our fave jeans, can be a creative coup. But alas, for job-seeking, the hip moniker might be a career killer. A new study finds that electronic resumes linked to job candidates with quirky and “unprofessional” e-mail names are rated lower by potential employers than those with professional names. With the increasing use of online screening, an applicant’s e-mail address could influence whether a resume gets tossed into the cyber-trash or makes it to human resources. >>

Googling Your Date !


In the Internet age the ability to check people out before they ever meet up has forever changed the rules. For better or worse, "Googling" your date has become standard practice. The results can be enlightening, surprising and sometimes, a little disturbing. With a little creativity and Internet savvy, a person can find anything from blog postings to news stories that might include personal details. It helps to know some basic details upfront, such as an e-mail address that could help turn up an online nickname; some go as far as paying for an online background check. >>

CosmosCode : NASA's Open Source Software Development for Space Exploration


NASA scientists plans to announce a new open source project called CosmosCode, which aimed at recruiting volunteers to write code for live space missions. These projects are creating a sort of SourceForge for space. It will build a core offering of free and open source space software through an independent project hosting website, and the development and management of a free software community specific to the challenges and opportunities afforded by space. This community will provide a common access point for individuals, academics, companies, and space agencies around the world using, contributing to, or supporting re-usable, modular, extensible, or standards driven space exploration software. >>

Anatomy of Microsoft Animated Cursor Attack


Earlier this week, Microsoft shipped an emergency out-of-band patch to block zero-day attacks against a code execution hole in the way Windows handles animated cursor [.ani] files. Here's a visual look at elements of the hacker attacks, including malicious Web sites, the exploit in action and the adult-themed spam-run linked to the attacks. >>

Top 50 Best Tech Products of All Time


PC World has listed down the top 50 best tech products of all time. From breakthrough hardware to time honored software, the amazing products that changed technology and our lives forever and that we can't live without. This products have attained a certain level of popularity, had staying power, and perhaps made some sort of breakthrough, influencing the development of later products of its ilk. >>

Podloso : First iPod Virus Reported


Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions said it has discovered the first virus designed to infect iPods. The virus will only work if Linux has been installed on an iPod. Also, the user has to load the virus onto the iPod, Kaspersky. It cannot be launched automatically without user involvement. Once launched, Podloso will scan the iPod's hard disk and infect all executable files. Any attempt to launch these files will cause the virus to display: "You are infected with Oslo the first iPodLinux Virus". >>

Memory Hacking for the Future


USC laboratory scientists Ted Berger and Vijay Srinivasan, has spent the past decade engineering a brain implant that can re-create thoughts. The chip they found could remedy everything from Alzheimer’s to absent-mindedness—and reduce memory loss to nothing more than a computer glitch. >>

Next Generation Image Search Engines


A Google image search for tiger yields many tiger photos but also returns images of a tiger pear cactus stuck in a tire, a racecar, Tiger Woods, the boxer Dick Tiger, Antarctica, and many others. As today’s large Internet search engines look for images using captions or other text linked to images rather than looking at what is actually in the picture. Electrical engineers from UC San Diego are making progress on a different kind of image search engine one that analyzes the images themselves. This approach may be folded into next-generation image search engines for the Internet and in the shorter term, could be used to annotate and search commercial and private image collections. >>

53 Interesting Twitter Links for Fun, Geeks !


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:


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


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.


Catch-up Your Favorite Celebrities on Twitter

Britney Spears http://twitter.com/britney

David Beckham http://twitter.com/davidbeckham

Tom Cruise

Pamela Anderson http://twitter.com/pamelaanderson

Robbie Williams

Angelina Jolie http://twitter.com/angelinajolie


Cowell http://twitter.com/simoncowell

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

The Queen

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

Snoop Dog

Ben Affleck http://twitter.com/benaffleck

Cameron Diaz

Bradd Pitt

Jeniffer Aniston

Johnny Depp

Leonardo DiCaprio http://twitter.com/leocaprio

Lindsay Lohan

Naomi Campbell

Paris Hilton http://twitter.com/pariswhilton


Tweetbar is a cool Twitter sidebar for Firefox and Flock.



Get all the latest hot Digg news updates on your mobile


Python Twitter

A Python wrapper around the Twitter API.


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



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


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


Twitish a twitter shell written in Perl for Linux.



Twitteroo lets us to send Twitter tweets from our desktop


Scripting Twitter with curl

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



A Twitter client for Second Life users


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



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



A Twitter client for linux


triQQr v0.2

A Twitter Client for Windows



A Windows Vista sidebar gadget


Chris Forbes Twitter Badge

A simple JavaScript badge that shows our latest twits


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


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


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


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 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

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Updating our tweets through Quicksilver


WHERE, attaches our current GPS location to our tweets


Twitter Weather, get weather updates via twitter



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


Visual Twit a simple Twitter posting client for Windows


IBM Technology Helps Disabled Surf the Web


IBM has demonstrated more than 20 new technologies, including several that make the Internet and offline applications more accessible to the disabled. A technology called Easy Web Browsing helps the elderly, people with limited vision and the color-blind by reading text out loud and allowing users to customize the size and color of Web content. >>