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...


Zuckerberg's Chinese gets mixed reviews [Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:06:28 GMT]
Mark Zuckerberg has conducted a chat to Chinese students in Mandarin, leading to mixed reviews about his accent and pronunciation.
Job centres to get digital makeover [Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:12:33 GMT]
Computer workstations, electronic signature pads and free wi-fi are rolling out across UK job centres.
'Anti-Facebook' investors dig deep [Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:08 GMT]
A social network promising never to sell user data or incorporate advertising secures multi-million dollar backing.
Online abuse 'hits 40% of adults' [Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:03:22 GMT]
Online harassment, from name-calling to stalking, is a common experience online, a new study finds.
US 'probes hackable' medical devices [Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:52:35 GMT]
US government investigators are looking into about two dozen cases of medical kit suspected to be vulnerable to life-threatening hacks.
Piracy police to be given more money [Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:16:02 GMT]
The City of London Police get more funding to fight piracy, while two people are arrested for allegedly selling hard drives full of music and videos.
Google offers new email app, Inbox [Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:02:21 GMT]
Google revamps email with a mobile app that categorises messages and allows users to add their own reminders.
Microsoft smartphones to drop Nokia [Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:44:18 GMT]
Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand name from new smartphones, less than a year after acquiring the Finnish firm's mobile devices unit.
Madeley rape threats complaint filed [Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:37:16 GMT]
A formal police complaint has been made by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan after online rape threats were made against their daughter, the TV presenters say.
Nasa shares free sounds from space [Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:23:13 GMT]
The US space agency uploads a free library of audio files, including astronaut voices.


Science chief warns on acid oceans [Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:18:50 GMT]
The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.
EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut [Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:59:54 GMT]
The EU agrees what it calls "the world's most ambitious" deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, overcoming deep divisions among members.
North America experiences eclipse [Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:09:55 GMT]
Skywatchers in North America are treated to the final eclipse of the year.
Turtles tracked on swimming frenzy [Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:26:38 GMT]
Small tags stuck to the undersides of baby loggerhead turtles are used to follow the animals' frenetic first hours.
Monster shark 'kept whales in check' [Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:23:19 GMT]
The extinction of the biggest shark known to science may have triggered whales to grow to their current hefty sizes, a study suggests.
Farmland birds show rapid decline [Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:39:14 GMT]
Farmland birds are at their lowest levels since records began, according to government figures.
DNA yields secrets of human pioneer [Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:06:04 GMT]
DNA analysis of a 45,000-year-old human has helped scientists pinpoint when our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals.
Significant Bronze Age pottery find [Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:55:25 GMT]
A significant Bronze Age pottery find is made during an archaeological dig on the east side of Lewis, in Scotland.
Slumbering lions win top photo prize [Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:24:49 GMT]
A black and white image of lions resting on a rock outcrop in the Serengeti has won the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.
Wind farms outstrip nuclear power [Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:07:59 GMT]
The UK's wind farms generated more power than its nuclear power stations on Tuesday, the National Grid says.

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.