Welcome to Argalax

Hi

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...

Technology

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.

Science

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?

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