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...


Nokia name row with London start-up [Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:59:13 GMT]
Nokia has threatened legal action against a UK start-up over the use of the word "HERE".
Google agrees privacy policy changes [Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:39:09 GMT]
The firm will roll out a single, rewritten privacy policy across Europe after coming under fire across the continent.
Office puts chips under staff's skin [Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:01:30 GMT]
Rory Cellan-Jones visits a building where microchipped workers gain entry and use photocopiers by holding up their hands - and trials the tech himself.
BT attacked on rural broadband costs [Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:11:41 GMT]
At least £90m will be reinvested in rural broadband services after an underspend by BT, the BBC learns.
Bill Gates insists AI is a threat [Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:05:38 GMT]
Microsoft's founder says we should worry that AI escape our control, despite claims to the contrary by a Microsoft Research chief.
Uber sued over India rape allegation [Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:03:17 GMT]
An Indian woman who says she was raped by a Delhi driver of web-based taxi firm Uber files a lawsuit against the service in a US court.
Amazon posts modest holiday profits [Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:43:21 GMT]
The online retail giant Amazon reports weaker profits for the busy Christmas period, but a 15% rise in sales cheers investors.
Google profits up nearly 30% [Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:09:46 GMT]
Internet giant Google reports fourth-quarter profits of $4.76bn, up nearly 30% from the same period a year before, but revenue misses Wall Street expectations.
US firms object to source code rules [Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:35:28 GMT]
Business groups have written to the Chinese government, asking it to rethink rules that would force them to hand over source code and create backdoors for officials in Beijing.
First-class fliers get virtual reality [Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:43:01 GMT]
Qantas becomes first airline to offer passengers in-flight entertainment via a virtual reality headset.


Controllers banking on Philae wake-up [Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:28:09 GMT]
The European Space Agency says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander, and will now wait for the probe itself to call home.
Study fells cosmic inflation claim [Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:54:50 GMT]
Scientists who claimed to have found evidence for a cosmic super-expansion at the Big Bang made no such discovery, a soon-to-be published study will say.
'Cold plasma' kills off norovirus [Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:03:08 GMT]
Norovirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the world, can be killed with "cold plasma", scientists report.
Scars reveal ageing whales' secrets [Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:28:04 GMT]
Scientists studying one of the most mysterious whale species find they form long-term alliances, sometimes lasting many years.
Chicks place low numbers on the left [Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:03:14 GMT]
Scientists in Italy find that baby chickens associate low and high numbers with left and right, respectively - suggesting they may count using a "mental number line" like humans do.
Climate concern 'linked to floods' [Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:23:22 GMT]
Belief in the reality of climate change has risen among the British public, partly because of the 2013 winter floods, according to a report.
Icebergs 'have sound signature' [Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:55:04 GMT]
Listening to icebergs could help to assess the extent of glacier melt, a study suggests.
Skull clue to exodus from Africa [Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:43:49 GMT]
An ancient skull discovered in Israel could shed light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa some 60,000 years ago.
Ebola virus mutating, scientists say [Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:55:38 GMT]
Scientists at the Institut Pasteur in France who are tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.
Shell revives Arctic drilling plans [Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:36:04 GMT]
Royal Dutch Shell revives Arctic drilling plans, despite announcing a $15bn cut in global spending and profit figures that disappointed investors.

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.