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, 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...

Technology

Wikipedia blocks US Congress edits [Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:12:08 GMT]
Administrators have imposed a ban on Wikipedia alterations from the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing".
Absent fans get robot to do cheering [Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:31:27 GMT]
A struggling Korean baseball team have invented a novel way to improve atmosphere at their matches - by bringing in a crowd of robot fans.
Google Glass rival has neck battery [Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:05:21 GMT]
Chinese computing giant Lenovo has shown off what it hopes will be a rival to Google Glass - but with a better battery life.
Mobile test illuminates risk taking [Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:54 GMT]
Specially designed mobile games can help scientists answer important questions about cognition, a team finds.
Gecko sex satellite 'not responding' [Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:48:42 GMT]
A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.
Google quizzed over deleted links [Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:56:29 GMT]
Watchdogs are told that Google has complied with more than 45,000 requests for links to be erased from its European search results.
Qualcomm disputes China phone sales [Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:07:59 GMT]
US chipmaker Qualcomm claims some Chinese companies are misrepresenting sales to minimise their payments.
Nasa seeks aid with Earth-Mars links [Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:33:24 GMT]
Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.
Amazon reports $126m quarterly loss [Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:49:59 GMT]
Amazon reports a loss of $126m in the second quarter and warns of slowing sales.
Tor creator works to debug dark web [Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:47:40 GMT]
One of the co-creators of Tor says he is working with others to tackle a "bug" that undermines the anonymity offered by the dark web system.

Science

Dinosaurs' extinction 'bad luck' [Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:21:49 GMT]
Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests.
Bidding starts for fracking licences [Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:36:25 GMT]
The bidding process for licences to extract shale gas - using the controversial process fracking - will begin later on Monday, the government announces.
California hit by raging wildfires [Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:30:42 GMT]
Two fast-moving fires in California destroy 10 homes and force the evacuation of hundreds more, as a man dies in a lightning strike in Los Angeles.
Wildlife loss link to child slavery [Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:17:53 GMT]
New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.
Gecko sex satellite 'not responding' [Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:48:42 GMT]
A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.
'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread [Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:19:11 GMT]
A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.
Mobile test illuminates risk taking [Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:54 GMT]
Specially designed mobile games can help scientists answer important questions about cognition, a team finds.
Africa 'needs green revolution' [Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:20:04 GMT]
Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.
Call for end to 'throwaway society' [Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:05:10 GMT]
A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.
Government to end nuclear waste veto [Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:26:33 GMT]
The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.

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.

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