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. 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...


Snapchat 'files for stock market float' [Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:29:17 GMT]
The parent firm of messaging app Snapchat files to list on the US stock market, reports say, and could be worth $25bn.
Nintendo shares rise on Super Mario iPhone game date [Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:40:42 GMT]
Nintendo shares rise in Tokyo after it announces its Super Mario iPhone game will launch on 15 December 15, costing $10 (£8).
Sony denies PlayStation hack attack following complaints [Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:01:46 GMT]
Some PlayStation users say their accounts have been hacked, but Sony denies its network has been compromised.
Boy, 17, admits TalkTalk hacking offences [Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:49:37 GMT]
A teenager admits hacking offences linked to a data breach at the communications firm TalkTalk.
'Simple' phone has complex problems [Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:08:17 GMT]
A crowdfunded handset designed to help people disconnect from their smartphones has suffered a series of setbacks.
Twitter announces more tools for dealing with abuse [Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:04:18 GMT]
Twitter announces new ways for users to tackle abusive messages and hateful content on its platform.
Eve Online becomes free for first time [Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:18:12 GMT]
For the first time the iconic online game is letting new users get involved for free, although some upgrades will still cost you.
US demands electric cars make noise at low speed [Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:48:50 GMT]
A US road safety body has demanded that electric cars travelling at low speed make a noise to warn pedestrians.
Molecules found on phones reveal lifestyle secrets [Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:37:20 GMT]
Molecules found on mobile phones can reveal a lot about the owner's lifestyle, scientists say.
NHS send-to-all email causes turmoil [Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:33:09 GMT]
An email that was accidentally sent to 840,000 members of the NHS's staff in England causes havoc.


Hollande: US 'must respect climate commitments' [Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:00:51 GMT]
French president Francois Hollande says that the US must respect their commitments made under the Paris Climate Agreement.
Maths zeroes in on perfect cup of coffee [Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:03:48 GMT]
Mathematicians are a step closer to understanding what makes a perfect cup of coffee.
Database helps plant 'right tree for the right place' [Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:03:20 GMT]
German researchers compile a 400-species Citree database to encourage people to plant the "right tree for the right place" in urban areas.
Dino-bird fossil had sparkly feathers 'to attract mate ' [Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:21:52 GMT]
An extinct bird that lived 120 million years ago had iridescent feathers, probably to attract a mate, fossil evidence shows.
Dippy dinosaur's national tour stops announced [Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:32:09 GMT]
The UK's most famous dinosaur skeleton will start its national tour on England's Jurassic Coast.
'Supermoon' wows viewers with closest glimpse since 1948 [Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:08:32 GMT]
Skywatchers are enjoying the latest "supermoon", after the moon made its closest approach since 1948.
2016 'very likely' to be world's warmest year [Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:06:56 GMT]
2016 looks poised to be the warmest year on record globally, according to preliminary data.
Antarctic quest to find 'oldest ice' [Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:01:23 GMT]
European scientists set out for Antarctica this week in a bid to find deeply buried ice that contains an ancient record of Earth's climate.
Global carbon growth stalls as US coal continues to slump [Mon, 14 Nov 2016 02:37:42 GMT]
Declining US coal consumption played a significant role in keeping down global emissions of carbon dioxide, says a report.
Beagle 2 'was so close to Mars success' [Fri, 11 Nov 2016 02:02:01 GMT]
The British Beagle 2 spacecraft may have worked for several months on Mars, new analysis suggests.