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, and work as technical team leader in the IT industry.

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...


Electronic Arts earnings surge 51% [Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:31:33 GMT]
US video game publisher Electronic Arts reports a 51% jump in profit for the April-to-June quarter, boosted by strong sales of titles like Titanfall and FIFA 2014.
YouTube star sued in copyright case [Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:58:38 GMT]
The entrepreneur is being taken to court for alleged copyright infringement by a record label whose own artist Kaskade has come forward to defend her.
Iraq conflict breeds cyber-civil war [Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:32:29 GMT]
A cyber-war is being waged alongside the conflict involving Isis in Iraq, suggests research by security firms.
Nvidia unveils Shield gaming tablet [Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:09:42 GMT]
Nvidia confirms the release of a tablet targeted at "serious gamers" that can run Android games natively or stream them from a PC.
Apple earnings up on iPhone sales [Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:16:34 GMT]
Apple reports quarterly profits of $7.75bn up 12%, helped by strong sales of its iPhone.
Microsoft profit falls on Nokia loss [Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:00:59 GMT]
Technology giant Microsoft reports a 7% fall in profits to $4.6bn in the second quarter, hit by a $692m loss at its newly-acquired Nokia handset division.
Browser 'fingerprints' track users [Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:16:01 GMT]
Web users are being warned about a novel tracking system that watches what they do online and frustrates tools designed to stop them being tracked.
Xiaomi shows off phone and wristband [Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:36:11 GMT]
China's fast-growing Xiaomi unveils a new flagship handset and $13 wristband - both of which are cheaper than similar models from other brands.
'Cock-up' over Irish genealogy site [Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:20:58 GMT]
Ireland's data protection watchdog criticises the government for a 'cock-up' over a genealogy site that leaked personal information
Chinese team wins $5m gaming prize [Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:21:19 GMT]
Chinese team NewBee takes home $5m in prize money after winning the world's most lucrative gaming contest.


Row over 'bonkers' EU energy plan [Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:28:08 GMT]
EU commissioners meet today to agree an energy savings target for 2030 amid serious disagreement about how ambitious it should be.
Giant python gets a health check [Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:35:05 GMT]
Zoo team gives an enormous reticulated python its annual check-up, including using ultrasound to scan its heart.
Three person IVF plans 'progress' [Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:35:39 GMT]
A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health.
Beef's greater environment burden [Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:08:53 GMT]
A new study says the production of beef is around 10 times more damaging to the environment than any other form of livestock.
Kepler sees world with distant orbit [Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:04:54 GMT]
The Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet in the mission's inventory.
Seals 'feed' at offshore wind farms [Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:07:25 GMT]
Some seals prefer to forage for food at offshore wind farms, UK study suggests.
Boom in satellite ship tracking [Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:21:21 GMT]
The demand for ship identification and tracking data acquired by satellites is growing rapidly.
EC 'confident' in brain project [Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:45:30 GMT]
The European Commission has responded to criticism of its billion-euro Human Brain Project, declaring confidence that objections will be satisfied.
'Shoved' sea eagle chick flies nest [Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:28:16 GMT]
A sea eagle chick, featured on BBC Springwatch, which was seen being pushed out of the nest by an intruder eagle successfully flies the nest.
Aids researchers on crashed plane [Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:10:53 GMT]
At least six passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane were heading to a major international Aids conference in Australia.

App Development

IT Earnings Way Up at Job Site Elance []
Google App Engine, HTML5, search engine optimization and social media marketing are among the fastest movers on Elance's list of hot job opportunities available online.
Say What? The Week's Top Five IT Quotes []
Google Wave crashes, fighting to keep mainframe skills alive, beware the Outernet and more.
GPL Enforcement Notches Another Victory []
The license at the heart of many open source projects is amassing a winning record when it comes to successfully pursuing enforcement lawsuits.
Microsoft Prepping New Visual Studio Tool []
Dubbed "LightSwitch," the new tool will offer developers of varying skill levels ready-made templates to create business applications for different computing environments.
Illumos Looks to Reopen Oracle's OpenSolaris []
Amid concern throughout the OpenSolaris community about Oracle's plans for the open source operating system, the Illumos project is providing an alternative set of OpenSolaris technologies.