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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...”

Space Divers Suits at Next Level !


For sport or safety, hurtling to Earth from space without the protective shroud of a heavily engineered space vehicle seems like sheer lunacy—a hellish descent punctuated by intense heat and terminal. But the physics actually works out. With a heat-resistant space suit and the right kind of chutes, such a daredevil plunge should indeed be possible. Future space divers will need a suit able to withstand the high heat of reentry and provide adequate oxygen to the diver. Because no current pressure suit meets that criteria.


A company called Orbital Outfitters is working on an innovative way of bringing them back, whether it’s done purely as a sport or as an emergency backup plan in case things go awry. >>

iPhoney : Free iPhone Web Simulator for Designers


Looking for a way to see how our web creations will look on iPhone? iPhoney is the answer, It is a free and open source application, designed for web developers who want to create 320 by 480 [or 480 by 320] websites for use with iPhone, it gives us a pixel-accurate web browsing environment—powered by Safari—that we can use when developing web sites for iPhone. Phoney requires Mac OS X. >>

Dynahand : Handwritten Passwords !


Dynahand, a new online authentication system which could make logging in to websites a little easier. With Dynahand, users simply identify their own handwriting, instead of entering a cryptic password or buying a biometric device to scan their fingerprints. Passwords can be secure when used properly, but many people don't use them well. Dynahand seems to be solve the problemm, It requires no extra hardware or feats of memory. >>

Smaller Search Engines fond their Niche


Smaller companies with their specialized search services are doing things better than Google. It's not scale that's important, but specialization. After all, no one needs 4.7 million links in response to a question about 'New York plumbers'. They just want a few answers that will help them quickly. In December, Ask.com launched Ask City, a search engine combining local information and reviews from sources such as Citysearch, maps, and even tickets. In February, Microsoft bought Medstory, a medical search engine. In April, Steve Case, founder of AOL, began RevolutionHealth.com, a health search engine. And this month, media search company Marchex introduced 100,000 sites that let users search on particular, local topics, such as New York beauty salons. >>

Mpack, Watch out for the Web Exploiting Tool !


Mpack is the latest among many such tools for spreading malware on the Internet According to Symantec, Mpack or Web Attacker II is a collection of PHP software components designed to be hosted and run from a PHP server running a database on the backend. Mpack compromises legitimate Web sites through an automated tool. A hacker sitting at a keyboard appends in a line of code to the Web page of common sites. Anyone who visits the compromised site will automatically load that line of code, typically an IFrame. IFrames are used by Web designers to open additional windows, often hosted on other sites, within a main Web page, IFrames can also be used by criminal hackers to redirect browsers to malicious-code sites. With Mpack, the call isn't direct; usually there are intermediary servers along the way to further obfuscate the true malware server. watch Mpack in action >>

Hack: The Nintendo Wii!


The TechnologyReview Magazine looks at the inner workings of the Nintendo Wii game console. Initially discounted by game-industry watchers as graphically underpowered compared with the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360. Behind the Wii's success is its unique controller, it responds to our movements in a natural manner, turning into a baseball bat, a sword, or a hand, as necessary. It is, in a word, fun. >>

Video Game Addiction Diagnosis


The teens holing up in their rooms, ignoring friends, family, even food and a shower, while grades plummet and belligerence soars. The culprit isn't alcohol or drugs. It's video games, which for certain kids can be as powerfully addictive as heroin. A support group called On-Line Gamers Anonymous has numerous postings on its Web site from gamers seeking help. Liz Woolley, of Harrisburg, Pa., created the site after her 21-year-old son fatally shot himself in 2001 while playing an online game she says destroyed his life. >>

Google Plugs in to Hybrid Car Development


Google plans to speedup the development of plug-in hybrid cars by giving away millions of dollars to people and companies that have what appear to be practical ways to get plug-ins to market faster. As auto development is crushingly expensive, especially when it involves the kind of advanced battery and power train technology used in plug-in hybrids. Google is not planning to get into the business of building and selling hybrid electrics, but it focus on accelerating their developing through research, testing and investment. >>

PCWorld's Guide to Supercharging Our PC


We don't have to spend a pile of money to give our system some of the cutting-edge features of super fast gaming and graphics PCs costing $5000 or more. A few frugal upgrades can bring our PC's performance to a new level. Overclocking boosts performance by pushing the CPU and the graphics chip to run faster than their factory presets. Most CPUs can operate comfortably at frequencies higher than PC vendors use. If you're cautious, then you can overclock a PC with almost no risk. Your CPU will run hotter, but monitoring and controlling your system's temperature is easy. Keep in mind, however, that overclocking usually invalidates our warranty. >>

DropBoks : Store Files Online Safely


DropBoks is a simple web storage application which allows us to securely store our files online. Each account gets an 1 GB of storage space. We can upload/download files [any format] as large as 50 MB. When we log in, DropBoks switches to https so our files are encrypted as well as authenticated. >>

Happy New Year 2009 :)

Happy New Year 2009 :)

Yoggie Gatekeeper Pro : Tiny Firewall for Pentagon Level Security


Yoggie is a tiny linux-based hardware firewall that fits in our hand, requires no wall outlet, and provides enterprise-level firewall protection for our computer. It has two operating modes one draws power from the built-in USB cable, connects to our ethernet port, and the ethernet wall socket, and the second just uses the USB port and performs packet-packet filtering for our computer's own WiFi adapter through the use of a virtual bridge. It has a web based front end that shows us its status, and keeps us informed as to what sorts of attacks it has encountered. >>

3D Mailbox : Interact with E-mail Graphically


3D Mailbox is an e-mail client for Windows like Outlook, Thunderbird, Eudora. But unlike them, it has a incredible 3D worlds which lets us to interact with our e-mail graphically. 3D Mailbox is fully compatible with all web-based e-mail services, like GMail and other mail services. It's available in 2 versions Free version which is fully functional for the first level of the program "Miami Beach" and a 3D Mailbox watermark with promotional text appears at the bottom of all outgoing e-mails sent via the free version of the program. >>

Voice Pay : Pay by Voice


Voice Pay a new payment system lets consumers pay for goods by talking on the phone. The new service uses biometric voice analysis to authenticate users. To use Voice Pay, consumers first need to set up an account. This one time enrollment process involves calling a Voice Pay number from a cell phone and establishing a user name and password, as well as providing credit-card information. The consumer will also be asked to register a particular cell-phone number and give a voice print by repeating a series of randomly generated numbers. >>

New Tests to Fool Automated Spammers !


As we know captchas are the puzzles on many Web sites that present a string of distorted letters and numbers. Most major Internet companies use captchas to keep the automated programs of spammers from infiltrating their sites. Aleksey Kolupaev works for an Internet company in Kiev, Ukraine, and in his spare time, with his friend Juriy Ogijenko, he develops and sells software that can thwart captchas by analyzing the images and separating the letters and numbers from the background noise. They charge $100 to $5,000 a project, depending on the complexity of the puzzle. >>

MIT Team powers Gadgets by Wireless Electricity !


Imagine future, in which wireless power transfer is feasible, cell phones, household robots, mp3 players, laptop computers and other portable electronics capable of charging themselves without ever being plugged in, freeing us from that final, ubiquitous power wire. Some of these devices might not even need their bulky batteries to operate. A team from MIT has experimentally demonstrated an important step toward accomplishing this vision of the future, they were able to light a 60W light bulb from a power source seven feet away and there was no physical connection between the source and the appliance. The concept is called as "WiTricity" [wireless electricity]. >>

Google says Microsoft IIS ‘twice as often’ serving Malware !


web server distribution across malicious servers

Researchers at Google’s new anti-malware team found that Microsoft’s IIS server software was being used to launch drive-by malware downloads more than any other server type. The statistics come from a Google examination of 70,000 domains that have been either distributing malware or have been responsible for hosting browser exploits. Compared to their sample of servers across the Internet, Microsoft IIS features twice as often (49% vs. 23%) as a malware distributing server. Read the full Google Security Team report. >>

Japanese New Robot displays More Expressions


Japanese scientists have created a newest Japanese humanoid robot, named 'Kansei', which frowns when he hears the word 'bomb' and looks scared and disgusted when someone says "president". The robot created by a Japanese university research team can pull up to 36 different facial expressions based on a program which creates word associations from a self-updating online database of 500,000 keywords. Watch the video. >>

Ask.com Evolves to Ask 3D


Ask.com search engine that used to be called AskJeeves dwarfed by competition from Google, armed with a site redesign it hopes will reorganize the online world into a far more financially favorable universe. Ask is a lot older than Google, but its use and revenue pales by comparison. In its latest advance, Ask.com on Tuesday will introduce a more dynamic way of displaying search results. The new approach, dubbed "Ask 3D," will be highlighted by a panel on the far right of the screen devoted to relevant photos and multimedia results, including video and music clips that can be played without leaving the page. In other instances, the third panel may feature weather reports or snippets from blogs and news sites. >>

Music and Technology searches, likely to return Spyware Websites!


According to McAfee's "The State of Search Engine Safety" report, search terms related to music and technology are most likely to return sites with spyware and other malicious code. Some 42 percent of the results using the term for example "screensavers," led to sites flagged with a "red" warning or a cautionary "yellow" by McAfee. Other keywords McAfee deemed risky include names of file sharing software "BearShare," "LimeWire" and "Kazaa." >>

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Meetup at Digital Conference : Video


Steve Jobs and Bill Gates appear together on stage at Digital Conference to discuss their contribution to the computing industry, they talk about their relationship. Checkout the 3 sets of interesting videos.

Part 1 : Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Together

Part 2 : Gates and Jobs on Their Relationship

Part 3 : Gates and Jobs Take Questions

BasicLinux : Linux for Old PCs


BasicLinux is designed specifically for old PCs. It uses a small kernel and busybox to provide a low-RAM Linux, capable of browsing the web, doing email, and functioning as an X terminal. The current release of BasicLinux is particularly suitable for old laptops it has PCMCIA capability and includes MagicPoint [a presentation tool similar to PowerPoint]. It comes in two versions one boots from a DOS harddrive, the other boots from floppies. Both versions have the option to install themselves to a Linux partition on the harddrive. >>