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...


Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech [Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:59:27 GMT]
In response to UK government criticism, Facebook, launches a programme to tackle hate speech online.
WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media [Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:18:59 GMT]
The private instant messaging app is surging in popularity as a way to share and discuss the news.
Could XPrize tablets replace teachers in Tanzania? [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:26:23 GMT]
Teams around the world are competing to develop tablet software to replace a teacher in developing countries.
Mexican president denies spying on journalists, lawyers and activists [Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:22:08 GMT]
Enrique Pe├▒a Nieto says his government did not use spyware against journalists, lawyers and activists.
Yahoo closes internet prodigy's news app [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:13:33 GMT]
Three years after its high-profile launch, Nick D'Aloisio's News Digest app is being shut down.
Siri storm caused by economist's comments [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:38:24 GMT]
He apologises for causing any offence after saying he finds a male voice more trustworthy on Siri.
Sega debuts free classic games on mobiles [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:48:13 GMT]
Launch sees five titles made available but more will appear every fortnight.
California earthquake alarm sounded - 92 years late [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:17:55 GMT]
US geologists apologise for issuing warning about a massive earthquake - that struck in 1925.
Amazon accuses Walmart of bullying in cloud computing clash [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:34:51 GMT]
Clash follows reports of Walmart asking IT suppliers not to use Amazon's cloud computing service.
Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:18:05 GMT]
The popular Instagram figure was struck in the chest and died of a heart attack, French media say.


Watched chimps change their hunting habits [Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:42:16 GMT]
Wild chimpanzees have changed their hunting strategies in response to being watched and followed by scientists, observations suggest.
Whale body size warning for species collapses [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:29:28 GMT]
The shrinking size of whales over the 20th Century could help scientists detect when wildlife populations are in trouble, a study suggests.
India genome plan could boost healthcare [Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:53:01 GMT]
Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare?
Queen's Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector [Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:09:13 GMT]
A government plan to protect the UK's £13.7bn space industry has been laid out in the Queen's Speech.
German-UK team maintains Galileo success [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:21:16 GMT]
OHB and SSTL will make the next eight, possibly even the next 14, satellites for Europe's GPS.
Why suitcases rock and fall over - puzzle solved [Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:34:14 GMT]
Scientists crack the problem of why two-wheeled suitcases can rock from side-to-side and turn over.
Europe selects grand gravity mission [Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:55:58 GMT]
After decades in the planning, a space mission to detect gravitational waves finally gets the go-ahead.
Hawking urges Moon landing to 'elevate humanity' [Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:04:24 GMT]
Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by the end of this decade.
Volcanoes 'triggered dawn of dinosaurs' [Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:59:45 GMT]
A million-year-long period of volcanic activity led to the rise of the dinosaurs, a study suggests.
How cats conquered the ancient world [Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:03:04 GMT]
The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice - in the Near East and then Egypt.