Welcome to Argalax

Hi

Hi, my name is Alexander and this is my website.

It describes my work, hobbies, various projects, intellectual pursuits, current interests, and whatever else seems important and/or interesting at the moment.

I live in Canada, just east of Toronto. Until recently, I worked as technical team leader in the IT industry. Now I am cruising tropics on a sailing yacht most of the year, spending few months at home.

In spare time I enjoy writing some code, developing web applications, working on my robot, and FreeBSD/Linux projects, reading sci-fi, finance and technical books, building my cabin in the wilderness, travel and sail when I can.


Here are some technical news to read...

Technology

Court expands FBI hacking powers [Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:12:53 GMT]
The US Supreme Court approves a rule change that could allow law enforcement to remotely search computers located anywhere in the US, and beyond.
Microsoft banishes Google from Cortana [Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:25:53 GMT]
Microsoft begins forcing people to use its Bing search engine with the Cortana digital assistant in Windows 10.
Hackers hit Minecraft community site [Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:02:11 GMT]
Hackers have stolen login data for more than 7 million members of the Lifeboat Minecraft site.
Carl Icahn dumps Apple shares on China [Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:29:00 GMT]
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn unloads his shares in Apple over the company's prospects in China.
Man jailed for failing to decrypt data [Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:47:12 GMT]
A man is held in prison for seven months after failing to decrypt two hard drives that investigators suspect contain indecent images of children.
Amazon rapped for illegal app charges [Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:08:33 GMT]
Amazon illegally charged parents for in-app purchases made by children, a US judge rules.
Computer viruses infect nuclear plant [Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:05:33 GMT]
A German nuclear power plant has been found to be infected by several different computer viruses.
Doom creators seek cash for game [Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:22:17 GMT]
Two gaming veterans who helped create iconic title Doom are seeking cash to make a "classic" first-person shooter.
Superfast broadband take-up 'slow' [Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:57:54 GMT]
Tests on 42 towns and cities across the UK suggest almost half have average broadband speeds below 24Mbps.
Instagram orders litter app to dump name [Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:59:10 GMT]
Facebook-owned photo sharing giant Instagram orders the owner of a British anti-litter app to change its name.

Science

Tim Peake drives remote robot on Earth [Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:18:24 GMT]
UK astronaut Tim Peake controls a robot vehicle on Earth from the space station, simulating how humans could one day remotely command vehicles on other worlds.
Lizards share sleep patterns with humans [Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:55:10 GMT]
Scientists say sleep patterns previously thought exclusive to mammals and birds are also found in lizards.
Weasel shuts down Large Hadron Collider [Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:09:15 GMT]
The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator in Switzerland is offline after suffering a short circuit - caused by a weasel.
Kenyan call to stamp out ivory trade [Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:02:37 GMT]
President Kenyatta of Kenya urges action to end Africa's illegal trade in ivory as he prepares to host a summit on saving elephants from extinction.
'Sleepless slugs' on rise, say experts [Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:24:33 GMT]
Last year's wet summer, followed by one of the warmest winters on record, has helped to create a generation of sleepless slugs, wildlife experts have warned.
Japan to abandon space satellite forever [Fri, 29 Apr 2016 04:40:11 GMT]
Japan's space agency says it will abandon efforts to restore a multimillion dollar satellite sent to explore black holes, after it spun out of control.
New EU radar satellite takes first image [Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:42:09 GMT]
The EU's newest Earth observation satellite, Sentinel-1b, has returned its first radar imagery - of Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago.
Neonics 'not equally harmful' to bees [Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:04:42 GMT]
The largest field-study so far in to the group of pesticides called "neonicotinoids" has concluded that each acts differently on the brains of the bees.
Glaciers with a flotilla of 'ice sails' [Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:00:04 GMT]
Scientists describe the processes that drive "ice sails" - a rare and somewhat esoteric feature of debris covered glaciers.
Gene therapy reverses sight loss [Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:25:35 GMT]
A genetic therapy improves the vision of some patients who would otherwise have gone blind.

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