Welcome to Argalax


Hi, my name is Alexander and this is my website.

I live in Toronto, Canada, and work as a Senior IT Professional.

In spare time I enjoy writing some code, developing web applications, working on my robot, reading sci-fi, finance and technical books, visiting my cabin in the wilderness and travel when I can.

Here are some technical news to read...


Elon Musk pulls Tesla and SpaceX from Facebook [Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:20:33 GMT]
Entrepreneur Elon Musk has the official Facebook pages for his Tesla and SpaceX companies deleted.
Craigslist drops dating ads after new law [Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:37:34 GMT]
The site said keeping its "personals" section open in the US was too much of a risk.
KeepVid scraps YouTube-ripping function in favour of legal approach [Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:11:25 GMT]
A popular video-downloading site has unexpectedly turned into a copyright advocacy page.
DeepMind explores inner workings of AI [Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:01:48 GMT]
Research throws light on how a general AI that can adapt and understand new situations might work.
Reddit: Guns, beer and tobacco transactions now banned [Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:21:32 GMT]
At least 38 communities have been banned as Reddit distances itself from transactions of illicit goods.
YouTube wants to 'frustrate' users with ads so they pay for music [Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:13:25 GMT]
It's part of a strategy to get people to sign up to the site's new music subscription service.
PornHub greets bloggers after YouTube gun ban introduced [Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:10:17 GMT]
The video-sharing site has banned videos that show people how to manufacture or modify guns.
Cambridge Analytica taken to court over data storage [Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:39:26 GMT]
A US professor wants the company to hand over all the data it has on him and explain exactly how it got it.
Facebook data - do we get what we deserve? [Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:11:13 GMT]
Who is at fault over the Facebook data row - did people hand over too much information too easily?
Uber self-driving crash: Footage shows moment before impact [Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:23:34 GMT]
Police release footage of the moments leading up to a crash involving a self-driving car in Arizona.


How effective are earthquake early warning systems? [Sat, 24 Mar 2018 01:42:56 GMT]
A new study investigates how early a warning can be issued for major earthquakes.
Mount Etna is 'sliding towards the sea' [Sat, 24 Mar 2018 02:35:35 GMT]
Measurements show the entire bulk of Europe's most active volcano is edging eastwards, Scientists say.
Hamelin Bay: Nearly 150 beached whales die in Australia [Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:23:00 GMT]
Rescuers manage to return just six surviving pilot whales to deeper waters in Western Australia.
Plastic patch in Pacific Ocean growing rapidly, study shows [Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:12:10 GMT]
It is estimated some 80,000 tonnes of plastic is circulating in a patch between Hawaii and California.
How DNA can be used to store computer data [Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:28:12 GMT]
British scientists think DNA could be used to solve a global problem - where to store all our data.
Origin of 'six-inch mummy' confirmed [Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:03:28 GMT]
Scientists investigate an unusual, small, mummified skeleton from Chile to establish its medical history.
Curiosity rover: 2,000 days on Mars [Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:07:39 GMT]
The Nasa robot this week celebrates 2,000 martian days investigating the surface of the Red Planet.
'Radical change' needed on countryside [Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:20:37 GMT]
The UK government is failing rural communities and the natural environment, a report says.
Ocean plastic could triple in decade [Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:21:51 GMT]
But there are opportunities to cash in on the "ocean economy", a major report for the UK government says.
New plant list to help deter garden deer [Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:25:08 GMT]
The public is being asked to report damage to garden plants from visiting wild deer.