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...


Google trials drone deliveries [Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:00:23 GMT]
Google reveals it has built and tested its own drones as part of a plan to make automated deliveries to remote homes as well as disaster-hit zones.
2.6m historic pictures posted online [Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:18:35 GMT]
An academic is posting millions of historic photos and illustrations to Flickr where they can be searched and copied without charge.
GCHQ protest over surveillance case [Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:54:10 GMT]
The first of three days of protest by online activists is due to take place at the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).
'Fashionable' smartwatches announced [Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:51:08 GMT]
South Korean tech firms LG and Samsung have announced more smartwatches, ahead of a widely anticipated entry to the sector from Apple.
Police seize video gamer live on cam [Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:06:35 GMT]
Armed police dramatically raid the office of a video gamer near Denver, US - and the incident was broadcast live online.
FBI probes JP Morgan 'cyber-attack' [Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:40:33 GMT]
The FBI says it is investigating reports in the US media of recent cyber-attacks against several US banks.
Call for Facebook beheadings rethink [Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:52:16 GMT]
Controversial beheading photo posts from Syria spur one of Facebook's safety advisers to call for pictures to have warnings.
Landmark court cases deleted from net [Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:41:55 GMT]
Numerous records relating to civil rights cases have disappeared from the US government's online legal archive.
Star Trek X Prize finalists named [Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:31:12 GMT]
Ten groups have been chosen as finalists in a $10m (£6m) competition to develop a real-life "tricorder" - the medical scanner used in Star Trek.
HP recalls million of power cords [Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:27:45 GMT]
HP is asking the owners of more than six million power cables to send back the cords to avoid the risk of being burnt by the kit.


UN seeks climate change 'Malala' [Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:06:59 GMT]
Five hundred people will learn tomorrow if they have won the chance to vent their frustration at world leaders over the global citizens stalemate over climate policy.
DNA tells story of Arctic peopling [Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:52:20 GMT]
A study of genetic sequences sheds light on the settling of the North American Arctic, from ancient "Paleo-Eskimos" to the modern-day Inuit.
Genetic clues to spread of Ebola [Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:00:20 GMT]
Scientists have tracked the spread of Ebola in West Africa, revealing genetic clues to the course of the outbreak.
Dead stars 'can re-ignite' and blow [Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:03:52 GMT]
Astronomers have shown that dead stars known as white dwarfs can re-ignite and explode as supernovas.
Iceland examines volcano 'cauldrons' [Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:40:59 GMT]
Scientists in Iceland say they are examining several depressions, termed 'cauldrons', near Bardarbunga volcano, which could be a sign of an eruption.
Ebola region faces UK travel ban [Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:38:20 GMT]
All but essential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia should be avoided, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warns British nationals.
A sheepdog's 'two rules' for success [Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:33:00 GMT]
Scientists produce a simple mathematical model that explains how a single sheepdog can herd a large number of sheep.
Global coal 'binge' missed in data [Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:23:41 GMT]
The climate impacts of the world's fossil-fuelled power plants are being underestimated because of poor accounting, say researchers.
Badger cull targets are announced [Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:52:41 GMT]
A target number of badgers to be killed in this year's pilot cull to tackle tuberculosis in cattle is announced.
World's rarest bird needs new home [Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:34:15 GMT]
The last remaining population of the world's rarest bird, the Madagascar pochard, needs a new wetland home if it is to thrive again, a study reveals.

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.