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

Ted 2017: Elon Musk's vision for underground road system [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:57:48 GMT]
Elon Musk talks about networks of tunnel roads, autonomous driving, space travel and his pet snail Gary.
Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason [Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:34:07 GMT]
The online encyclopaedia is inaccessible under an official order, but no reason for this is given.
Amazon 'style assistant' divides opinion [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:31:35 GMT]
Amazon's new Echo Look device takes full length photos and offers advice on outfit choices.
Google and Facebook duped in huge 'scam' [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:47:03 GMT]
The two tech firms have confirmed they were tricked out of $100m (£77m) in an alleged scam.
TED 2017: UK 'Iron Man' demonstrates flying suit [Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:01:13 GMT]
British inventor says the project is just a bit of fun and safer than a motorbike.
Finland's oldest operating ferry given electric motor [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:01:29 GMT]
The Fori passenger ferry will now use electric power to make its river crossings.
NatWest and RBS banking app fails [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:54:55 GMT]
Customers complained on social media that payments and money transfers had not gone through.
Facebook 'observed propaganda efforts' by governments [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:24:57 GMT]
The social network says it has seen highly organised attempts to manipulate information on the site.
Top Indonesia phone company Telkomsel's website defaced [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:29:49 GMT]
The attacker replaced the homepage with a profanity-laden message criticising the company.
Plane in UK's first double-drone near-miss case [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:44:05 GMT]
The near-miss with a passenger jet is the first in the UK to involve more than one drone.

Science

Household food waste level 'unacceptable' [Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:03:31 GMT]
Too much food is wasted in England and households should be helped to throw away less, MPs say.
DNA of extinct humans found in caves [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:48:30 GMT]
The DNA of extinct humans can be retrieved from sediment in caves - even in the absences of skeletal remains.
Trump executive order aims to allow Arctic drilling [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:18:57 GMT]
The US president said he hoped the new order would create "thousands and thousands" of jobs.
Cassini radio signal from Saturn picked up after dive [Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:50:25 GMT]
The Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after diving in between Saturn's rings and cloudtops.
Government bid to delay air pollution plan fails [Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:05:12 GMT]
The UK Government has lost a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy.
First Americans claim sparks controversy [Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:22:22 GMT]
A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago, much earlier than previously suggested, has run into controversy.
Baby humpback whales 'whisper' to mums to avoid predators [Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:30:56 GMT]
New recordings show newborn humpback whales and mothers "whisper" to each other, to avoid predators.
'Fossil' groundwater's modern secret [Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:21:09 GMT]
The deepest and oldest waters on Earth are not immune from contamination, warn scientists.
Builders 'behind UK flooding risk' [Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:40:04 GMT]
Government rapped again for failure to tighten flood-prevention rules on new homes
Physics of throwing analysed by scientists [Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:27:50 GMT]
Scientists have calculated the optimal strategy for throwing something accurately, even a ball of paper.

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