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...


Cyber attacks top US threat list [Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:07:36 GMT]
A US intelligence assessment of security threats faced by the country highlights cyber attacks from foreign governments and criminals.
Google backs down over Blogger porn [Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:33:51 GMT]
Google has changed its mind about forcing sexually explicit blogs on its Blogger platform to become private.
US-Bangladesh writer hacked to death [Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:16:00 GMT]
A US-Bangladeshi blogger whose campaigning for a secular society in Bangladesh angered Islamists is hacked to death on a street in the capital Dhaka.
Google buys .app web domain for $25m [Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:24:12 GMT]
Google has purchased the website address .app in an auction held by the organisation which assigns web domains.
Apple faces iPhone patent lawsuit [Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:03:28 GMT]
Apple is being sued by a company two days after it was told to pay the same firm $533m (£344m) for infringing patents.
Cut music to 'an hour a day' - WHO [Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:27:20 GMT]
People should listen to music for no more than one hour a day to protect their hearing, the World Health Organization suggests.
Account data stolen in TalkTalk hack [Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:42:13 GMT]
TalkTalk customers are being warned about scammers who managed to steal account numbers and names from the company's computers.
Net neutrality rules passed by FCC [Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:01:32 GMT]
The US Federal Communications Commission votes in favour of tougher internet regulation, upholding the principle of net neutrality.
Lenovo victim of cyber-attack [Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:17:54 GMT]
Chinese computer maker Lenovo becomes the victim of a cyber-attack following a warning by the US government about software called Superfish.
Samsung hit by latest smart TV issue [Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:32:46 GMT]
Many of the firm's smart TVs were unable to connect to servers for two days after a problem emerged as the firm carried out a security update.


'Exquisite' gravity probe leaves UK [Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:54:23 GMT]
UK industry completes construction of the modules that make up the Lisa Pathfinder satellite - a remarkable probe that will test the key technologies needed to detect gravitational waves in space.
Wheat present in UK 'for 8,000 years' [Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:23:25 GMT]
Fragments of wheat DNA suggest wheat was present in Britain 8,000 years ago, long before it was grown by British farmers.
Killer frog disease hits Madagascar [Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:21:22 GMT]
A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report.
Fungus plays 'biomusic' duet [Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:52:58 GMT]
Scientists at Plymouth University play improvised pieces of music with the help of slime mould.
Lords call for UK Arctic ambassador [Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:15:16 GMT]
The United Kingdom should create an ambassador for the Arctic or risk being pushed out of key decisions for the region, a House of Lords report says.
'Concern' over bugs in shop chicken [Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:49:05 GMT]
Concerns are growing about antibiotic resistance of bacteria carried by poultry, according to a new report.
Giant caiman packed fierce bite [Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:24:13 GMT]
A team of Brazilian scientists says they have calculated that the bite of a giant prehistoric caiman was twice has strong as that of a T-Rex.
MPs call for reform of GM crop rules [Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:15:29 GMT]
Europe's approval system for GM crops is "fundamentally flawed" and should be overhauled, say MPs.
Machine learns to play video games [Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:00:03 GMT]
A machine inspired by the human brain has learned how to play 49 classic Atari video games - a step towards self-thinking robots, scientists say.
Solar loses out in renewables auction [Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:24:22 GMT]
The results of the UK government's first auction for renewable energy subsidies are a boost for offshore wind, with solar the biggest loser.

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.