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...


Zuckerberg defends Internet.org [Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:37:09 GMT]
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg defends the aims of his free Internet.org service after several Indian firms pull out of the project.
'Eternal' camera takes endless snaps [Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:13:27 GMT]
A camera powered by the light it uses to take pictures has been invented by American scientists.
US schools seek Apple iPad refunds [Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:59:09 GMT]
Schools in Los Angeles seek refunds from Apple and others over a $1.3bn (£870m) iPad-based education project that has gone awry.
VIDEO: US navy shows off 'swarming' drones [Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:26:43 GMT]
The US navy develops cannon-launched drones that can "swarm" and carry out co-ordinated attacks.
Doctor Who movie mooted in Sony leak [Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:03:08 GMT]
Plans for a Doctor Who movie and George Clooney's email address are among the details posted on WikiLeaks, following last year's cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.
New luggage bins fit 50% more bags [Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:43:16 GMT]
Boeing has shown off its 'space bins' that can hold 50% more luggage than existing designs.
Indian companies shun Internet.org [Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:15:34 GMT]
A group of Indian technology and internet firms pull out of Facebook's Internet.org initiative, fearing it threatens "net neutrality".
Instagram updates nudity rules [Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:25:35 GMT]
The social network has updated its community guidelines with details on nudity and abuse.
'Success kid' raises cash for dad [Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:35:00 GMT]
Sam Griner, whose image spawned the 'success kid' meme, is using his fame to raise cash to pay for medical treatment for his father.
EU accuses Google of search 'abuse' [Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:12:08 GMT]
The European Union's competition commissioner says Google has abused its dominance of search to promote its Shopping service.


'3D Cryosat' tracks Arctic winter ice [Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:00:03 GMT]
Although Arctic sea ice set a record this year for its lowest ever satellite-observed winter extent - that was not the case for its volume, new data reveals.
Demand for rubber 'threatens forests' [Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:46:41 GMT]
The global demand for rubber tyres is threatening protected forests in Southeast Asia, according to a study.
Smart waders go fishing for science [Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:25:45 GMT]
Scientists are developing smartphone-connected waders that fly-fishing enthusiasts could wear to help them find their catch, but also to collect key data about water properties.
'Eternal' camera takes endless snaps [Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:13:27 GMT]
A camera powered by the light it uses to take pictures has been invented by American scientists.
How octopuses coordinate their arms [Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:08:21 GMT]
Researchers reveal the secret of an octopus's unique movement, revealing how the animals co-ordinate their eight, flexible arms.
Gravity boost to geothermal hunt [Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:36:14 GMT]
Observations from space assist the search for new locations to site geothermal power stations.
Warning over aerosol climate fix [Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:58:31 GMT]
Any attempts to engineer the climate are likely to result in "different" climate change, rather than its elimination, new results suggest.
Dark matter becomes less 'ghostly' [Wed, 15 Apr 2015 06:59:17 GMT]
Scientists have uncovered a vital new insight into the nature of dark matter.
YouTube graffiti tracks cave water [Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:24:12 GMT]
Scientists are using YouTube videos to study a spectacular cave just outside Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
Bardarbunga eruption gases estimated [Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:34:47 GMT]
Scientists quantify the emissions from Iceland's spectacular Bardarbunga-Holuhraun eruption.

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.