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

Blackberry stops designing its own phones [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:50:48 GMT]
Blackberry is to stop designing smartphones in-house after 14 years.
Google, Facebook, Amazon join forces on future of AI [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:29:35 GMT]
Google, Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft are to form the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, to work on maximising the potential of the technology.
Europol report reveals rise in child sex abuse online [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:16:47 GMT]
Online tools enabling sex offenders to stay anonymous are "becoming the norm" and putting children at greater risk of abuse, warns Europol.
Price comparison sites to be probed by watchdog [Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:19:23 GMT]
The Competition and Markets Authority plans to scrutinise the operation of price comparison websites, which allow consumers to compare products and services.
Shutter falls on life-logging camera start-up Narrative [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:54:38 GMT]
Narrative, which made wearable cameras, is the latest life-logging start-up to fail.
Europol warns of Android tap-and-go thefts [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:25:29 GMT]
Europol believes organised crime is using Android phones to make fraudulent tap-and-go payments.
Trump Jr's Skittles graphic deleted from Twitter [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:29:44 GMT]
A controversial graphic that compared Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles, posted by Donald Trump's son, is deleted from Twitter.
DJI's Mavic Pro fold-up drone detects obstacles [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:55:15 GMT]
The world's bestselling drone-maker unveils a fold-up model that avoids collisions.
Candy Crush Saga: Life beyond level 2,000 [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:55:44 GMT]
Candy Crush Saga launches its 2,000th level - but a decision to add adverts could prove controversial.
Apple to create London home at Battersea Power Station [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:25:41 GMT]
Technology giant Apple will make Battersea Power Station the home of its new London headquarters.

Science

Farm subsidies: Payment to billionaire prince sparks anger [Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:25:57 GMT]
Campaigners call for reform as figures reveal taxpayers are paying more than £400,000 a year to subsidise a Saudi billionaire's farm.
New safeguards agreed for world's most trafficked mammal [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:53:45 GMT]
A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching, has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.
Total trade ban for Gibraltar's monkeys agreed [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:16:58 GMT]
Europe's only non-human primate, the Barbary Macaque, has gained the highest level of protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.
Grass food crops facing climate change challenge [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:28:16 GMT]
Projected climate change is set to happen too quickly for grass species, including major food crops, to adapt to the new conditions, a study suggests.
Garden ponds 'playing role' in frog disease spread [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:45:36 GMT]
Garden ponds are playing a role in the spread of deadly frog diseases across the UK, a study suggests.
Materials programmed to shape shift [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:26:10 GMT]
Scientists have pre-programmed materials to change their shape over time.
Elon Musk outlines Mars colony vision [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:40:54 GMT]
Entrepreneur Elon Musk outlines his vision for establishing a human colony on Mars for people that can afford a $200,000 ticket price.
First 'three person baby' born using new method [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:13:22 GMT]
The world's first baby has been born using a new "three person" fertility technique, heralding a new era in medicine, say experts.
CITES species body rejects process for ivory sales [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:05:27 GMT]
Delegates at the Cites meeting in Johannesburg have defeated an attempt to set up a process to resume sales of ivory.
Proteins from 'deep time' found in ostrich eggshell [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:45:37 GMT]
Scientists extract fossil proteins - some of biological tissue's building blocks - in a 3.8 million year-old ostrich eggshell.

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