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Hi, my name is Alexander and this is my website.

I live in Toronto, Canada, and work as a Senior IT Professional.

In spare time I enjoy writing some code, developing web applications, working on my robot, reading sci-fi, finance and technical books, visiting my cabin in the wilderness and travel when I can.

Here are some technical news to read...


The tech behind Virgin Orbit's mission to space [Wed, 08 Jul 2020 23:14:22 GMT]
Marc Cieslak looks at how Virgin Orbit plans to launch its rockets from a plane.
Smartwatch hack could send fake pill reminders to patients [Wed, 08 Jul 2020 23:15:50 GMT]
Researchers find a software security flaw that could easily be abused by hackers.
Facebook civil-rights record hammered in own review [Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:36:52 GMT]
The audit highlights Facebook's failures on hate speech, voter protection, and more.
TikTok algorithm promoted anti-Semitic death camp meme [Tue, 07 Jul 2020 22:58:59 GMT]
About 100 videos of an offensive song were viewed more than six million times before it took action.
New video format 'halves data use of 4K and 8K TVs' [Tue, 07 Jul 2020 17:38:39 GMT]
The H.266 standard was developed by Apple, Microsoft and Huawei, but faces competition.
4G internet balloons take off over Kenya [Tue, 07 Jul 2020 17:21:43 GMT]
The service has been delayed for two years but is now being rushed out to help in the coronavirus crisis.
How the US caught flashy Nigerian Instagrammers 'with $40m' [Tue, 07 Jul 2020 23:31:37 GMT]
Dubai has extradited "mrwoodbery" and "hushpuppi" to the US to face cyber fraud charges.
TikTok: Chinese app may be banned in US, says Pompeo [Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:57:43 GMT]
US Secretary of State hints that Chinese apps - like TikTok - could be targeted.
Microsoft and Zoom join Hong Kong data 'pause' [Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:49:53 GMT]
Firms join others in saying they are not currently complying with government requests for user data.
TikTok to exit Hong Kong 'within days' [Tue, 07 Jul 2020 05:49:23 GMT]
The move by the short-form video app comes after China imposed its new security law on the city.


Climate change: 'Rising chance' of exceeding 1.5C global target [Thu, 09 Jul 2020 01:54:51 GMT]
The chance of breaching one of the Paris accord goals in the next five years has doubled, a study says.
Ancient Americans made epic Pacific voyages [Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:15:24 GMT]
New evidence has been found for epic prehistoric voyages between the Americas and eastern Polynesia.
New government unit to take over Covid response [Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:37:03 GMT]
There are questions over whether the Joint Biosecurity Centre has the expertise needed for the job.
Coronavirus: 'The masks you throw away could end up killing a whale' [Tue, 07 Jul 2020 23:00:34 GMT]
As the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more protective equipment is ending up in the sea.
Rosewood smuggling in The Gambia: Shipping firm halts timber exports [Wed, 08 Jul 2020 12:02:18 GMT]
A BBC investigation found vast quantities of protected rosewood were being trafficked from The Gambia.
Esa and Nasa line up satellites to measure Antarctic sea-ice [Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:53:21 GMT]
Aligning polar satellites will enable the first ever reliable maps of Antarctic sea-ice thickness.
Coronavirus: WHO rethinking how Covid-19 spreads in air [Wed, 08 Jul 2020 06:33:53 GMT]
The WHO has acknowledged there is evidence that Covid-19 can be spread by airborne particles.
Dinosaur ancestors 'may have been tiny' [Tue, 07 Jul 2020 10:31:34 GMT]
Dinosaurs are thought of as giant creatures, but new work adds to evidence they started out small.
Sunak to unveil £2bn home insulation scheme [Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:06:15 GMT]
The chancellor will announce some households could get grants up to £10,000 for energy-saving projects.
Coronavirus: Spanish study casts doubt on herd immunity feasibility [Tue, 07 Jul 2020 10:39:52 GMT]
A Lancet study estimates that around just 5% of the Spanish population has developed antibodies.