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...


Cloudflare bug data leak exposed [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:55:08 GMT]
Private messages from dating platforms are among the data leaked on to websites
Apple checking 'exploding' iPhone video [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:43:45 GMT]
A video of a smoking iPhone 7 Plus has gone viral on Twitter - Apple is investigating.
Oculus facing legal ban on VR code used in its products [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:52:01 GMT]
ZeniMax, which won a copyright dispute against Oculus, wants a judge to ban the firm from using its code.
Ad blocker Shine rebrands as ad platform [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:40:39 GMT]
A firm that offered ad blocking will now offer ads, in a case of poacher turned gamekeeper.
Amazon resists Echo murder evidence call [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:23:54 GMT]
Amazon issues formal legal response to requests to hand over information from its smart speaker Echo.
India police arrest 'world's cheapest smartphone' firm boss [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:59:23 GMT]
A distribution company says many of the 251 Freedom handsets it paid for have not been delivered.
Genghis Khan: Could satellites help find his tomb? [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:30:54 GMT]
How satellite images shared via the cloud are helping us discover more about the earth.
Router hacker suspect arrested at Luton Airport [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:53:39 GMT]
The "mastermind" behind a massive 2016 attack may face sabotage charges in Germany.
Russian military admits significant cyber-war effort [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:04:28 GMT]
Country's defence minister admits the presence of a powerful military team focused on controlling information.
Fitness data and photos help expose race cheat [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:28:39 GMT]
The runner missed out more than a mile of the Fort Lauderdale race to clock a fast time


New UN climate chief: 'Action on warming unstoppable' [Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:08:12 GMT]
The UN’s new climate chief says she is confident, despite concerns about President Trump's policies.
'Good vibration' hand pumps boost Africa's water security [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:52:36 GMT]
The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa.
Minister to enshrine protection for research independence [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:28:07 GMT]
The government is to enshrine into law the idea that there should be no political interference in research funding.
Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:47:43 GMT]
A new report says that using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a highly flawed policy.
Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record [Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:00:12 GMT]
Astronomers have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star - a record number.
'Magical thinking' on Heathrow expansion [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:15:14 GMT]
A third runway at Heathrow can only be justified if it does not breach climate change laws, MPs say.
Plane flies along Antarctica's giant Larsen crack [Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:46:33 GMT]
New video is released of the Antarctic ice crack that promises to produce a giant berg.
Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution [Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:18:14 GMT]
Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", a conservationist group warns.
Meet the frog that can sit on a thumbnail [Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:19:31 GMT]
Seven new species of night frog have been discovered in India, including four miniature forms.
Thousands of spills at US oil and gas fracking sites [Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:03:15 GMT]
Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids each year, according to new data.