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...


Bitcoin chief arrested in Japan [Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:27:20 GMT]
The founder of MtGox - once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange - is arrested by Japanese police investigating losses of nearly $400m.
Ashley Madison hack aids spammers [Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:01:55 GMT]
Spammers are exploiting the Ashley Madison hack by posting links that offer stolen data but lead to booby-trapped web pages and scams.
Brain game for schizophrenia patients [Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:58:45 GMT]
A computer-based brain training game could improve the daily lives of people with schizophrenia, say University of Cambridge researchers.
Facebook's Zuckerberg to have child [Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:10:08 GMT]
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl.
US 'spied on Japan' Wikileaks says [Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:29:38 GMT]
The US has been spying on Japanese cabinet officials, banks and companies, including the Mitsubishi group, Wikileaks says.
Rise of facial recognition queried [Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:54:53 GMT]
A government-related agency in the US has published a report on privacy concerns relating to facial recognition.
US man shoots down garden drone [Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:28:49 GMT]
A US man has shot down a drone which was hovering over his back garden.
Tracking system 'open to attack' [Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:30:48 GMT]
A widely used location-tracking system can be intercepted or fooled with fake data, claims a security researcher.
Facebook builds drone for net access [Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:24:21 GMT]
The social network Facebook announces it has built its own drone to bring internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.
Google to defy French privacy ruling [Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:32:15 GMT]
Google is to defy a French ruling that the "right to be forgotten" should be applied globally and not just in Europe.


Obama to unveil clean energy plan [Mon, 03 Aug 2015 06:54:43 GMT]
US President Barack Obama is set to unveil what he calls "the biggest, most important step we have ever taken" in tackling climate change.
Empire State hosts wildlife display [Sun, 02 Aug 2015 10:21:17 GMT]
Images of endangered animals are flashed across the Empire State Building in New York to highlight the issue of potential mass extinction.
Poll to find UK's favourite insect [Sun, 02 Aug 2015 02:46:51 GMT]
An online poll is launched by the Royal Society of Biology to find the UK's favourite insect.
Zimbabwe seeks second 'lion killer' [Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:53:38 GMT]
Zimbabwe says it is seeking a second American over the illegal killing of a lion, as the outcry over the death of famed animal Cecil continues.
Earth magnetic shield is much older [Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:58:19 GMT]
Researchers have revealed that the Earth's magnetic field is 550 million years older than previously believed.
Big year ahead for James Webb telescope [Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:24:59 GMT]
It's been a long time coming, but Nasa is now at the business end of building its giant successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.
AA joins protest at green changes [Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:46:55 GMT]
The AA joins green groups in warning that recent changes in energy policy will harm the climate.
Wales surf wave generator starts up [Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:06:00 GMT]
The first waves have peeled across an artificial surf lagoon built on the site of an old aluminium works on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.
Comet yields 'rich array' of organics [Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:08:13 GMT]
The spacecraft which made a spectacular landing on a comet last year has discovered a rich array of carbon compounds.
Robot can leap from water's surface [Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:03:55 GMT]
Scientists in South Korea develop a tiny robot - based on the water strider insect - that can jump on water

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.