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...


Ted 2017: Elon Musk's vision for underground road system [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:57:48 GMT]
Elon Musk talks about networks of tunnel roads, autonomous driving, space travel and his pet snail Gary.
Turkish authorities block Wikipedia without giving reason [Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:34:07 GMT]
The online encyclopaedia is inaccessible under an official order, but no reason for this is given.
Amazon 'style assistant' divides opinion [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:31:35 GMT]
Amazon's new Echo Look device takes full length photos and offers advice on outfit choices.
Google and Facebook duped in huge 'scam' [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:47:03 GMT]
The two tech firms have confirmed they were tricked out of $100m (£77m) in an alleged scam.
TED 2017: UK 'Iron Man' demonstrates flying suit [Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:01:13 GMT]
British inventor says the project is just a bit of fun and safer than a motorbike.
Finland's oldest operating ferry given electric motor [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:01:29 GMT]
The Fori passenger ferry will now use electric power to make its river crossings.
NatWest and RBS banking app fails [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:54:55 GMT]
Customers complained on social media that payments and money transfers had not gone through.
Facebook 'observed propaganda efforts' by governments [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:24:57 GMT]
The social network says it has seen highly organised attempts to manipulate information on the site.
Top Indonesia phone company Telkomsel's website defaced [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:29:49 GMT]
The attacker replaced the homepage with a profanity-laden message criticising the company.
Plane in UK's first double-drone near-miss case [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:44:05 GMT]
The near-miss with a passenger jet is the first in the UK to involve more than one drone.


Household food waste level 'unacceptable' [Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:03:31 GMT]
Too much food is wasted in England and households should be helped to throw away less, MPs say.
DNA of extinct humans found in caves [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:48:30 GMT]
The DNA of extinct humans can be retrieved from sediment in caves - even in the absences of skeletal remains.
Trump executive order aims to allow Arctic drilling [Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:18:57 GMT]
The US president said he hoped the new order would create "thousands and thousands" of jobs.
Cassini radio signal from Saturn picked up after dive [Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:50:25 GMT]
The Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after diving in between Saturn's rings and cloudtops.
Government bid to delay air pollution plan fails [Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:05:12 GMT]
The UK Government has lost a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy.
First Americans claim sparks controversy [Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:22:22 GMT]
A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago, much earlier than previously suggested, has run into controversy.
Baby humpback whales 'whisper' to mums to avoid predators [Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:30:56 GMT]
New recordings show newborn humpback whales and mothers "whisper" to each other, to avoid predators.
'Fossil' groundwater's modern secret [Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:21:09 GMT]
The deepest and oldest waters on Earth are not immune from contamination, warn scientists.
Builders 'behind UK flooding risk' [Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:40:04 GMT]
Government rapped again for failure to tighten flood-prevention rules on new homes
Physics of throwing analysed by scientists [Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:27:50 GMT]
Scientists have calculated the optimal strategy for throwing something accurately, even a ball of paper.