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...


Cambridge scientists consider fake news 'vaccine' [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:10:53 GMT]
Concern at fabricated stories on websites prompts a psychological study to help people spot fake news.
Samsung confirms battery faults as cause of Note 7 fires [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:20:03 GMT]
The firm says neither software nor hardware, other than the batteries, were at fault in Note 7.
New seat alert app for pregnant commuters [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:46:49 GMT]
Developers launch a new app to help pregnant women get a seat on public transport while commuting.
China to crack down on censor-busting services [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:55:19 GMT]
China is cracking down on the hi-tech ways citizens avoid official scrutiny of what they do online.
'How we built India's biggest robot company' [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:13:34 GMT]
GreyOrange is India's biggest robotics company, making machines which support the country's booming online retail industry.
Online dating fraud victim numbers at record high [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:53:32 GMT]
UK online dating scams reached record levels in 2016, the Victoria Derbyshire programme learns.
Lloyds cyber-attack details emerge [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:43:45 GMT]
Lloyds Bank was hit by a denial of service attack nearly two weeks ago that disrupted online access.
Nintendo signals end for Wii U [Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:35:14 GMT]
Nintendo signals the "end of life" for its Wii U games console, which was first released in 2012.
Google placed its own ads first, study claims [Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:59:20 GMT]
Adverts for Google products occupied 91% of the top slots on the firm's search results pages.
Amazon and Apple end exclusive deal on audio books [Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:11:39 GMT]
Apple and Amazon have ended a deal that tied them into an exclusive contract for the supply and sale of audio books.


Flood prevention being ignored - MPs [Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:06:39 GMT]
Ministers should do more to prevent flooding, says a Commons committee report.
Cambridge scientists consider fake news 'vaccine' [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:10:53 GMT]
Concern at fabricated stories on websites prompts a psychological study to help people spot fake news.
Project aims to grow a 'city of trees' [Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:40:55 GMT]
A project aims to plant three million trees - one for every man, woman and child - in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.
Larsen ice crack continues to open up [Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:55:51 GMT]
The crack in Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf that looks set to spawn a giant iceberg has spread a further 10km.
Fire of Australia: The return of the world's finest uncut opal [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:44:46 GMT]
The opal dubbed the Fire of Australia is back on public display after 70 years in a safe deposit box.
Ants use Sun and memories to navigate [Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:02:07 GMT]
Scientists say ants can plot a route home even when travelling backwards.
Gore 'hoping for best' from Trump over climate [Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:25:19 GMT]
Ex-US Vice President Al Gore, who has made a new climate change film, says he thinks campaigners will "win" the debate.
Climate change: Data shows 2016 likely to be warmest year yet [Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:39:45 GMT]
Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.
Primates facing 'extinction crisis' [Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:20:32 GMT]
Primates are facing an extinction crisis, according to researchers who have found that 60% of species are under threat.
Robotic sleeve 'hugs' failing hearts [Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:05:07 GMT]
US scientists develop a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they fail to work properly.