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...
TechnologyMicrosoft disrupts ZeroAccess botnet [Fri, 06 Dec 2013 06:46:56 GMT]
Microsoft and law enforcement agencies disrupt ZeroAccess, one of the world's largest botnets responsible for millions in fraud losses.
Samsung reattempts botched update [Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:10:23 GMT]
Samsung has started again to roll out an update to its Galaxy S3 smartphone, weeks after a botched attempt angered users.
Warning over rare metals in gadgets [Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:24:57 GMT]
Modern technology is too reliant on rare materials whose scarcity could drastically set back innovation, a report warns.
Android app caught sharing ID data [Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:42:21 GMT]
Millions of Android users have been "deceived" by a developer who covertly gathered personal data, says the US Federal Trade Commission.
NatWest services hit by cyber attack [Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:54:46 GMT]
A deliberate attempt to disrupt services at NatWest left some customers struggling to access online banking on Friday.
Bitcoin trade ban for Chinese banks [Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:31:21 GMT]
Chinese financial regulators have banned the nation's banks from handling transactions involving the Bitcoin virtual currency.
Samsung and Philips raided by EU [Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:26:06 GMT]
Samsung and Philips are among several consumer electronics companies raided by the European Commission over suspected breaches of competition rules.
NSA 'tracking' millions of mobiles [Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:34:13 GMT]
The movements of hundreds of millions of mobile users are being tracked by the NSA every day, reveals the Washington Post.
New X-Men film, Apocalypse, for 2016 [Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:44:24 GMT]
Fox announces that the next film in the franchise will be called Apocalypse and will be released in cinemas in May 2016.
UK paves way for driverless cars [Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:07:03 GMT]
The UK government wants to make Britain a world leader in developing autonomous vehicles.
ScienceRoaming sharks go home to give birth [Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:41:21 GMT]
Researchers find direct evidence that female lemon sharks go back to their own birthplace to reproduce.
Fruit-mad monkeys eat 50 per day [Fri, 06 Dec 2013 01:35:08 GMT]
New research on South and Central American monkeys suggests that size is a key indicator of diet.
Funds for research with other nations [Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:15:32 GMT]
The Chancellor George Osborne announces annual funding of ¬£90m over five years for the UK to collaborate with emerging nations.
Leg bone gives up oldest human DNA [Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:32:47 GMT]
The retrieval of high quality DNA from a 400,000-year-old human has opened up a new frontier in the study of our ancient ancestors.
More men chat in girls' 'dialect' [Fri, 06 Dec 2013 01:37:45 GMT]
More men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows.
Beached whales dead in Florida [Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:14:57 GMT]
Ten whales die and as many as 30 more are stranded after a pod beached off Florida's Everglades National Park.
'Let me keep my dead husband's sperm' [Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:46:48 GMT]
A 28-year-old woman has begun a legal bid to prevent her dead husband's frozen sperm from being destroyed.
Big changes for renewable subsidies [Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:03:06 GMT]
The government is to make major changes to the way it subsidises renewable energy with more emphasis on offshore wind power, the BBC has learned.
US gene testing firm halts marketing [Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:46:27 GMT]
Genetic testing firm 23andMe, which is backed by Google, stops marketing its products after a warning from US regulators, a spokeswoman says.
Koalas have unique voice organ [Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:24:15 GMT]
Koalas have a specialised sound-producing organ that has never before been seen in any other land-dwelling mammal, scientists discover.
App DevelopmentIT 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.