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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...”

Kmail : Colorful EMail


Kmail developed by Freedman, an e-mail system based on Kromofons which is a new alphabet where each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a color, allowing messages to be embedded in color images. People can send messages from their Kmail accounts, which are generally read by recipients as plain text. But if a Kmail user receives a message in his account, the message appears in the color alphabet. It's really so fun and different to read our mails in such way. >>

Top 15 Things We Wish Someone Would Invent


Technology proceeds at such a breakneck pace that sometimes it feels like we're rocketing into science fiction territory's like Animal cloning, unmanned aircraft and space tourism are all recent realities. For some, though, invention isn't moving fast enough. Check out the 15 amazing things we wish someone would invent. >>

reCAPTCHA : CAPTCHAs to Reading Books.


A CAPTCHA is a program that can tell whether its user is a human or a computer. We have probably seen them colorful images with distorted text at the bottom of in most of the Web registration forms. About 60 million CAPTCHAs are solved by humans around the world every day. In each case, roughly ten seconds of human time are being spent. Individually, that's not a lot of time, but in aggregate these little puzzles consume more than 150,000 hours of work each day. What if we could make positive use of this human effort? and this is 'reCAPTCHA' does exactly that by channeling the effort spent solving CAPTCHAs online into "reading" books. >>

Smartphone Spying Soon to Hit Near Us!


Smartphone spying is where dark-souled hackers with bad intentions use readily available technology to track every move we make with our cell phone, Bluetooth or personal digital assistant. As more and more devices are synchronizing, more and more people are loading data and corporate information, and malware attacks are going to go through the roof. From identity thieves to corporate raiders to jealous boyfriends, the world of smartphone spying is open to anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of digital technology and the hundred bucks or so it takes to buy eavesdropping software on the Internet. >>

Creating Your Own Mobile Codes


Mobile codes are codes in the same way as ordinary barcodes are, but their matrix structure can hold more information. Now we too can create our won mobile code with a few simple clicks to write a message, your phone number, or a link to a website and change it into a mobile code, which can be scanned using a camera phone. Simply start typing away the text you want to convert and watch the mobile code being generated instantly. Once done, name it in any way you want and scan, print or save it for sharing the way you choose best. >>

Star Wars Fans, Send Your Pix to Wired Magazine


For marking the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, Wired Magazine wants to see proof of the star wars fanhood. It can be an art, snapshots of your DIY creations, pictures of you in star wars costume, collector's items related to Star Wars, which will be posted in a front page photo gallery. Visit Wired News Star Wars Submissions on Flickr to upload your pictures. >>

YouTube Sketchies : YouTube's Comedy Sketch Contest


YouTube conducts a competition, titled "YouTube Sketchies", for nine weeks. Just create your original video around 3 minutes in length and upload it to the Sketchies Contest page. Your videos will be judged by a panel of Hollywood experts. The last date to submit your best comedy video is May 31st. >>

Tribler : Social Community Filesharing Tool


Tribler is a social community that facilitates file sharing through Peer-to-Peer network. When the tribler program is started it will automatically start searching other users that have tribler running on their computer. When a connection is established it starts exchanging information. First it exchanges personal information, such as our avatar picture, our friends list, download history and information about files that are available in the network. These files can be personal, shared files, but also files that one has received from another person. Information about the discovered files and persons is available in the Tribler program. By browsing through the files and persons each user can find their prefered files and users. >>

Infectious Web Pages Threats !


Computer criminals are evolving their tactics to subdue our computer. Each time we invest more money and time in staying safe, the bad guys just find another way around our defenses. Their newest method may be the trickiest yet, Web pages booby-trapped with infectious computer code. While the consumer browses content normally, a computer virus or Trojan horse program is silently installed. In a study, Google found 300,000 Web sites laced with such malicious code, and another 700,000 suspicious sites. >>

Pencil : Free Animation Software


Pencil is an free and open source animation and drawing software for Windows and Mac OS X. It lets us to create traditional hand-drawn animation cartoons using both bitmap and vector graphics. Its main purpose is to make traditional animation. It is intended to be a simple program enabling anyone to make 2D animation. >>

Lego's Next Generation Mindstorm NXT


Lego's Mindstorm NXT robot construction kit offers endless possibilities for creative play, but it may be just a bit too complicated for adults. Using the 519-piece kit to assemble and program robots that can catapult Lego bricks, fill a dog's food bowl, and play Twister. >>

8 Alternative Services for Twitter


Twitter is the current favorite when it comes to instant presence, But it doesn't exist in a vacuum. It may be getting all the buzz, but there are other services that offer similar features, and take advantage of the same underlying concepts like 3jam, Dodgeball, Jaiku, Jooopz, Jyngle, Loopnote, Pinger, and Swarm-it. >>

15 Tech Myths Busted and Confirmed


PCWorld came up with 15 common myths in the tech world and did some digging to reveal the real story. Some rumors are wholly bogus. Others turned out to have more than a grain of truth in them. To give us a sense of how real these myths are. >>

Top 25 Most Desirable Employers for Undergraduates


According to a 2007 ranking of the most desirable employers by researcher Universum Communications, compiled from a survey of 44,064 U.S. undergraduates. Asked to list their ideal employers, students favored organizations where they felt they could make a difference. >>

Hacking eBanking Virtual Keyboard !!


In some countries outside of the US, Citibank has a login option to enter our PIN by clicking on the display of a keyboard rather than with the physical keyboard. Perhaps the idea is to defeat keyloggers, but a researcher has demonstrated that it's easy for malware to capture the PIN anyway. >>

iPods Make Pacemakers Malfunction !


iPods can cause cardiac implantable pacemakers to malfunction by interfering with the electromagnetic equipment monitoring the heart, according to an recent study. The study tested the effect of the portable music devices on 100 patients, whose mean age was 77, outfitted with pacemakers. Electrical interference was detected half of the time when the iPod was held just 2 inches from the patient's chest for 5 to 10 seconds. The study did not examine any portable music devices other than iPods, which are made by Apple Inc. >>

Top 5 Games to Play at Work


Everyone knows that the company computer is for work and not for surfing the web or playing games. We can't type things into this electronic box all day long without taking little breaks here and there, maybe even play a couple of levels of a game. Here are Top 5 games to play at the office. >>

BlogSigs : Your Blog Signature


BlogSigs allows us to easily and automatically include the title of our latest blog post in our email signature so that we can drive more readers to our blog. BlogSigs works with GMail, Outlook, Yahoo! Mail, and Hotmail. >>

Sun's Superpackage for Java


Sun Microsystems announced at JavaOne conference in San Francisco that Java Standard Edition [SE] 7 will feature a "superpackage" capability for improved distribution of small pieces of software. It's new JavaFX technology, featuring a new runtime that enables deployment of visual applications from the desktop to devices, will be expanded beyond the current JavaFX Mobile, for deployment on phones, set-top boxes or in-dash displays in cars. JavaFX Mobile is built on top of a Linux kernel. >>

Greatest Web Software Ever Written


InformationWeek has listed down the 12 most important programs seen since the modern Internet began with the launch of the Mosaic browser in 1993:
  1. Apache Server
  2. AltaVista
  3. Craigslist
  4. The Well
  5. eBay
  6. Amazon.com
  7. XMLHttpRequest object set
  8. Wikipedia
  9. World Of Warcraft
  10. Hotmail
  11. Digg
  12. AOL Instant Messenger
I feel the list misses few others. Check out our list, and see if you agree. >>

Are You a Tech Omnivore ?


Laptops, PDAs, Web 2.0, MySpace and YouTube. Are you the kind who can't live with them ? If you can't live without your high-tech gadgets and gizmos, and you're an active user of Web 2.0 technology in particular, you may be what a new study calls an Omnivore, a "voracious" user of technology. A new study released this week indicates that widespread access to communications technologies has led to widely varying uses of Web 2.0-type expressive and social networking activities. The study defines Web 2.0 as people expressing themselves online and participating in the commons of cyberspace. >>

Mozilla CEO on Future of Firefox


Mitchell Baker, CEO of the Mozilla Foundation, has taken Firefox from nothing to a $US55million per year business. According to her, Firefox is just at the beginning of its life cycle. In an one to one interview with APCMag.com, she talks about where Firefox came from and where it’s going. >>

10 Techs That Give us Superpowers


Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Admit it we are fantasized about soaring through the sky like Superman or swinging from building to building like Spiderman. Unfortunately, superheroes exist in only comic books, cartoons and movies. But with scientists apparently drawing inspiration from the comics they read when they were kids, the line between science fiction and science fact has become blurred. Superheroics suddenly seem like a viable career option. Checkout how we, too with today's technologies, can spin webs and get superhuman strength. >>

Email may be Hazardous to Your Career !


Sometimes bad email happens to high-achieving people. Richard Phillips, an IT specialist at the London law firm reportedly sent his secretary an e-mail demanding she pay the £4 dry-cleaning bill he incurred after she spilled ketchup on his pants. The secretary chose to forward the e-mail to colleagues, and Phillips soon became tabloid fodder as "Ketchup Trousers." For most of us, common sense and good values keep such problems at bay. But there are plenty of gray areas when it comes to e-mail, and even sensible executives the ones who stayed awake in the HR training sessions can be tripped up by an unintended nuance or other inadvertent slip. Fortunately, following a few surprisingly basic rules can help. >>

Does Google Copied My Logo ?! :)

Just few days back, Google has branded it's “Google Personalized Homepage” as 'iGoogle'. The logo which Google used for 'iGoogle' looks very surprising :) to me and mostly similar to the one I have designed during my Google Interview in 2005.

Look at the similarity in the font usage and patterns used for the character 'i' in their logo.

Google's new iGoogle Logo:


My 'I love Google' Doodle created in 2005.


Does Google Copied My Logo?, I think it may be an coincidence or what you feel?

20 Things We Didn't Know About Robots


Modern robots can respond to emotion and the smell of fine wines. Discover Magazine listed out the 20 things we didn't Know about robots:
  1. “Robot” comes from the Czech word robota, meaning “drudgery,” and first appeared in the 1921 play Rossum’s Universal Robots [R.U.R.].
  2. The first known case of robot homicide occurred in 1981, when a robotic arm crushed a Japanese Kawasaki factory worker.
  3. More than a million industrial robots are now in use, nearly half of them in Japan.
  4. Archytas of Tarentum, a pal of Plato’s, built a mechanical bird driven by a jet of steam or compressed air—arguably history’s first robot—in the fifth century B.C.
  5. Leonardo da Vinci drew up plans for an armored humanoid machine in 1495. Engineer Mark Rosheim has created a functional miniature version for NASA to help colonize Mars.
Checkout the other interesting factors about robots. >>

Dell selects Ubuntu for Desktop Linux


Dell announced it has selected the Ubuntu distribution for its new Linux desktop machines. When Dell asked which distribution of Linux Dell should prioritize on, Ubuntu was the most requested option. It will offer the latest Ubuntu 7.04, as an option on select Dell consumer models in the US in the coming weeks. >>

Top 25 Things that Shaped the Internet


Twenty-five years ago the Internet as we now know it was in the process of being birthed by the National Science Foundation. Since then it's been an information explosion. From e-mail to eBay, communication and shopping have forever changed. Checkout the top 25 things that shaped the Internet. >>