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. Until recently, I worked as technical team leader in the IT industry. Now I am cruising tropics on a sailing yacht most of the year, spending few months at home.

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

Nokia 3310 mobile phone resurrected at MWC 2017 [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:30:03 GMT]
An iconic Nokia phone is revamped with added battery life and new features alongside several Nokia-branded Android models.
MWC 2017: LG G6 phone is made for split-screen apps [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:03:56 GMT]
LG abandons the modular design of its last flagship phone and unveils the G6 with an unusual-sized display.
MWC 2017: Samsung unveils two new tablets but no phone [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:18:09 GMT]
The South Korean tech firm has traditionally launched a new smartphone at the Mobile World Congress tech show.
MWC 2017: Google brings Assistant to more Android phones [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:47:07 GMT]
Google's digital assistant will soon be available on other firm's smartphones running the latest versions of Android.
MWC 2017: Huawei P10 has smarter selfie and rear cameras [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:53:15 GMT]
Huawei enhances the cameras of its latest flagship phone by using software to analyse what is being photographed.
Cloudflare bug data leak exposed [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:55:08 GMT]
Private messages from dating platforms are among the data leaked on to websites
Apple checking 'exploding' iPhone video [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:43:45 GMT]
A video of a smoking iPhone 7 Plus has gone viral on Twitter - Apple is investigating.
Oculus facing legal ban on VR code used in its products [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:52:01 GMT]
ZeniMax, which won a copyright dispute against Oculus, wants a judge to ban the firm from using its code.
Ad blocker Shine rebrands as ad platform [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:40:39 GMT]
A firm that offered ad blocking will now offer ads, in a case of poacher turned gamekeeper.
Amazon resists Echo murder evidence call [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:23:54 GMT]
Amazon issues formal legal response to requests to hand over information from its smart speaker Echo.

Science

New UN climate chief: 'Action on warming unstoppable' [Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:08:12 GMT]
The UN’s new climate chief says she is confident, despite concerns about President Trump's policies.
UK robotics research gets ÂŁ17.3m pledge [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:42:08 GMT]
The new funding will be made available for robotics research carried out by British universities.
Taliban leader urges Afghans to plant more trees [Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:46:26 GMT]
Hibatullah Akhundzada says more trees are needed "for the beautification of Earth".
'Good vibration' hand pumps boost Africa's water security [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:52:36 GMT]
The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa.
Minister to enshrine protection for research independence [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:28:07 GMT]
The government is to enshrine into law the idea that there should be no political interference in research funding.
Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:47:43 GMT]
A new report says that using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a highly flawed policy.
Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record [Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:00:12 GMT]
Astronomers have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star - a record number.
'Magical thinking' on Heathrow expansion [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:15:14 GMT]
A third runway at Heathrow can only be justified if it does not breach climate change laws, MPs say.
Plane flies along Antarctica's giant Larsen crack [Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:46:33 GMT]
New video is released of the Antarctic ice crack that promises to produce a giant berg.
Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution [Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:18:14 GMT]
Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", a conservationist group warns.

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