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...


Nokia 3310 mobile phone resurrected at MWC 2017 [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:30:03 GMT]
An iconic Nokia phone is revamped with added battery life and new features alongside several Nokia-branded Android models.
MWC 2017: LG G6 phone is made for split-screen apps [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:03:56 GMT]
LG abandons the modular design of its last flagship phone and unveils the G6 with an unusual-sized display.
MWC 2017: Samsung unveils two new tablets but no phone [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:18:09 GMT]
The South Korean tech firm has traditionally launched a new smartphone at the Mobile World Congress tech show.
MWC 2017: Google brings Assistant to more Android phones [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:47:07 GMT]
Google's digital assistant will soon be available on other firm's smartphones running the latest versions of Android.
MWC 2017: Huawei P10 has smarter selfie and rear cameras [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:53:15 GMT]
Huawei enhances the cameras of its latest flagship phone by using software to analyse what is being photographed.
Cloudflare bug data leak exposed [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:55:08 GMT]
Private messages from dating platforms are among the data leaked on to websites
Apple checking 'exploding' iPhone video [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:43:45 GMT]
A video of a smoking iPhone 7 Plus has gone viral on Twitter - Apple is investigating.
Oculus facing legal ban on VR code used in its products [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:52:01 GMT]
ZeniMax, which won a copyright dispute against Oculus, wants a judge to ban the firm from using its code.
Ad blocker Shine rebrands as ad platform [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:40:39 GMT]
A firm that offered ad blocking will now offer ads, in a case of poacher turned gamekeeper.
Amazon resists Echo murder evidence call [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:23:54 GMT]
Amazon issues formal legal response to requests to hand over information from its smart speaker Echo.


New UN climate chief: 'Action on warming unstoppable' [Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:08:12 GMT]
The UN’s new climate chief says she is confident, despite concerns about President Trump's policies.
UK robotics research gets ÂŁ17.3m pledge [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:42:08 GMT]
The new funding will be made available for robotics research carried out by British universities.
Taliban leader urges Afghans to plant more trees [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:46:26 GMT]
Hibatullah Akhundzada says more trees are needed "for the beautification of Earth".
'Good vibration' hand pumps boost Africa's water security [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:52:36 GMT]
The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa.
Minister to enshrine protection for research independence [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:28:07 GMT]
The government is to enshrine into law the idea that there should be no political interference in research funding.
Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:47:43 GMT]
A new report says that using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a highly flawed policy.
Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record [Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:00:12 GMT]
Astronomers have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star - a record number.
'Magical thinking' on Heathrow expansion [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:15:14 GMT]
A third runway at Heathrow can only be justified if it does not breach climate change laws, MPs say.
Plane flies along Antarctica's giant Larsen crack [Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:46:33 GMT]
New video is released of the Antarctic ice crack that promises to produce a giant berg.
Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution [Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:18:14 GMT]
Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", a conservationist group warns.