Welcome to Argalax


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...


Blockchain bandits hit crypto start-ups [Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:19:09 GMT]
Are hack attacks aimed at the technology behind Bitcoin and other virtual currencies undermining confidence in the digital cash world?
US changes toddler screen time advice [Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:14:08 GMT]
Until now the American Academy of Paediatrics has recommended that children under two have no screen time at all.
Webcams used to attack Reddit and Twitter recalled [Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:21:14 GMT]
Home webcams that were hijacked to help knock popular websites offline last week are being recalled in the US.
Game's PlayStation VR demo charges spark anger [Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:55:53 GMT]
Gamers have complained about video game retailer Game's decision to charge for demos of Sony's new PlayStation Virtual Reality headset.
Teen hackers study considers link to addiction [Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:25:36 GMT]
A study for Europol suggests efforts to stop young people hacking could learn from anti-addiction efforts.
AI predicts outcome of human rights cases [Sun, 23 Oct 2016 22:53:47 GMT]
A research project has found that an AI could accurately predict the outcome of legal cases nearly 80% of the time.
The real-world uses for virtual reality [Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:02:01 GMT]
VR is increasingly being used in real-world situations by schools, charities, hospitals and... kitchen retailers.
'Smart' home devices used as weapons in website attack [Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:33:35 GMT]
Hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as printers and web cameras, to attack popular websites on Friday, security analysts say.
Samsung 'blocks' exploding Note 7 parody videos [Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:17:20 GMT]
Samsung appears to file copyright claims against YouTube videos mocking its recalled Galaxy Note 7 handset.
Video game voice, stunt and motion actors go on strike in US over pay [Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:22:52 GMT]
Actors who provide voices, stunts or motion capture for video games are on strike in the US over pay and conditions.


CO2 levels mark 'new era' in the world's changing climate [Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:04:35 GMT]
2016 is likely to be the first year in recorded history in which levels of CO2 in the atmosphere remain above the symbolically important threshold of 400 parts per million.
Schiaparelli: Mars probe 'crash site identified' [Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:10:14 GMT]
The gouge in the ground probably made by Europe's Schiaparelli probe as it hit the surface of Mars on Wednesday has been imaged by an American satellite.
Snow leopards: Numbers decline due to 'retaliation' [Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:22:06 GMT]
Hundreds of snow leopards are being poached in retaliation for livestock losses every year across the high mountain ranges of Asia, says a new report.
UN Habitat III summit aims to shape future urban living [Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:32:59 GMT]
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tells the world's mayors they face making 'tough decisions' to ensure future generations live in a safe and sustainable urban world.
Giant dinosaurs 'crossed continents' [Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:49:42 GMT]
Some of the giants of the dinosaur family may have arisen in South America and crossed over Antarctica to Australia about 100 million years ago, new fossil evidence suggests.
Schiaparelli Mars probe's parachute 'jettisoned too early' [Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:22:57 GMT]
Europe's Schiaparelli lander did not behave as expected as it headed down to the surface of Mars on Wednesday, data shows.
Strange purple sea creatures found in deep ocean trenches [Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:40:30 GMT]
Scores of spectacular and rare undersea species have been found on expeditions to some of the deepest trenches in the Pacific Ocean.
Stone Age people 'roasted rodents for food' - archaeologists [Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:04:33 GMT]
Voles appear to have been roasted for food by Neolithic people living on Orkney 5,000 years ago, archaeological evidence shows.
Cave paintings reveal clues to mystery Ice Age beast [Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:59:22 GMT]
Cave art from the Ice Age has helped solve the origins of Europe's largest land mammal - the modern European bison.
'Zika mosquito' eggs found near Folkestone in Kent [Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:30:11 GMT]
The eggs of a mosquito capable of transmitting tropical diseases, including the Zika virus, are found for the first time in the UK.