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...


Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:51:30 GMT]
Three flaws in Apple's iOS operating system are found that meant spyware could be installed with a single tap.
US authorities investigate cyber-attack against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones [Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:23:30 GMT]
The Department of Homeland Security says it's looking into a cyber-attack on Leslie Jones' website and iCloud account.
WhatsApp users to receive adverts [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:10:09 GMT]
WhatsApp changes its privacy policy so that businesses can send messages to people using the service.
HP laptop blocks over-shoulder snooping [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:20:57 GMT]
Computer firm Hewlett-Packard has developed two new laptops that feature an optional privacy mode that obscures the screen unless viewed face-on.
Lawnmower prompts Northern Lights alert [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:23:41 GMT]
A lawnmower has been blamed for wrongly triggering sensors that predict when the Northern Lights will be visible in the UK.
McDonald's fitness bands recalled after skin-burn complaints [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:22:34 GMT]
McDonald's is recalling millions of fitness wristbands that it bundled with Happy Meals after customers complained of skin irritation and burns.
Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:20:31 GMT]
Microsoft's Excel has been blamed for some errors in academic papers on genomics.
Italy quake rescuers ask locals to unlock their wi-fi [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:36:11 GMT]
Rescue teams searching for earthquake survivors trapped in central Italy have asked locals to unlock their wi-fi passwords.
Uber adds advance bookings in London [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:00:00 GMT]
Transport app Uber allows customers in London to book journeys up to 30 days in advance.
Head teacher Ashley Yates jailed for filming pupils in toilets [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:55:38 GMT]
A primary school head teacher who used a spy pen to film pupils in the toilets at his school is jailed.


Surface water shifting around the Earth [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:24:59 GMT]
Scientists have used satellite images to study how the water on the Earth's surface has changed over the last 30 years.
Rare dodo skeleton to be auctioned in West Sussex [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:00:52 GMT]
The first almost complete skeleton of a dodo to come up for sale in nearly 100 years is expected to fetch a six-figure sum at auction.
Pneumatic octopus is first soft, solo robot [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:27:50 GMT]
Engineers in the US have built the first self-contained, entirely soft robot - in the shape of a 7cm octopus.
Neighbouring star Proxima Centauri has Earth-sized planet [Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:00:52 GMT]
Scientists identify a planet only slightly larger than Earth that is orbiting Proxima Centauri - the closest star to our Solar System.
Microsoft Excel blamed for gene study errors [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:20:31 GMT]
Microsoft's Excel has been blamed for some errors in academic papers on genomics.
MPs call for ban on plastic microbeads [Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:48:42 GMT]
A worldwide ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics should be imposed as soon as possible, MPs demand.
Hottest day of 2016 recorded at Gravesend in Kent [Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:41:55 GMT]
The UK records its highest temperature of the year so far - 33.9C (93F) at Gravesend in Kent - as experts warn of possible health risks.
Perfume traces could help to solve crimes [Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:48:55 GMT]
Detecting traces of perfume could help in the fight against crime, a study suggests
China unveils 2020 Mars mission probe and rover [Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:43:24 GMT]
China gives the world a first glimpse of the space probe and rover it plans to use in its first mission to Mars in 2020.
Depression: A revolution in treatment? [Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:43:20 GMT]
Can treating the immune system lead to a revolution in treating depression?