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...


Amazon to test drone deliveries in UK [Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:02:06 GMT]
The UK government's getting together with the retail giant Amazon, to start testing flying drones that can deliver parcels to your door.
O2 customer data sold on dark net [Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:00:03 GMT]
O2 customer data is being sold by criminals on the dark net, the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned.
Ransomware advice service to tackle extortion gangs [Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:32:30 GMT]
European police agency Europol teams up with cybersecurity companies in an initiative aimed at slowing an "exponential" rise in ransomware.
Piracy site owner settles $50m lawsuit [Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:09:30 GMT]
The owner of piracy site Isohunt agrees to settle a lawsuit with Music Canada for $50m (£38m).
Flipkart's Myntra to buy online shopping rival Jabong [Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:23:54 GMT]
Indian online shopping giant Flipkart buys rival fashion shopping site Jabong in an e-commerce sector marked by increasing competition.
1.6m Clash of Kings forum accounts 'stolen' [Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:20:59 GMT]
Details about 1.6 million users on the Clash of Kings online forum are hacked, a breach notification site claims.
Nintendo shares plunge on Pokemon profit fears [Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:29:27 GMT]
Shares in Japanese gaming giant Nintendo fall sharply as the firm says the success of Pokemon Go will only have a limited impact on its earnings.
The legacy of TV's Robot Wars [Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:21:52 GMT]
Robot Wars judge Noel Sharkey shares his memories of the programme.
Huawei sees revenues surge in the first half of 2016 [Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:21:07 GMT]
Chinese technology and smartphone giant Huawei reports a 40% surge in revenue for the first half of the year.
US copyright law faces legal challenge [Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:08:02 GMT]
Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) attempts to overturn parts of US copyright law which, it says, are unconstitutional.


Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip [Tue, 26 Jul 2016 02:46:06 GMT]
The Solar Impulse becomes the first aircraft to circle the globe powered by the sun after landing in Abu Dhabi on the last leg of its journey.
Dutch men confirmed as world's tallest [Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:39:03 GMT]
When it comes to height, Dutch men and Latvian women tower over all other nationalities, a new study reveals.
Scans reveal how teenage brain develops [Mon, 25 Jul 2016 19:00:49 GMT]
The areas of the brain involved in complex thought are the ones that change the most during the teenage years, research shows.
Sri Lanka prime minister: Mangroves curb climate threat [Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:09:26 GMT]
On World Mangrove Day, Sri Lanka's prime minister says mangroves' ability to swiftly absorb carbon make them vital in the fight to curb climate change.
Rare bog butterfly flutters back from brink [Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:37:50 GMT]
A small bog in Lancashire is once again home to a rare species of butterfly, for the first time in 100 years.
Drought 'shuts down Amazon carbon sink' [Fri, 22 Jul 2016 03:56:43 GMT]
A recent drought shut down the Amazon Basin's carbon sink by killing trees and slowing trees' growth rates, a first-of-its-kind study shows.
Tigers maul two women at Beijing wildlife park [Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:56:21 GMT]
Tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing have killed one woman and injured another after the pair left their vehicle, Chinese media reports say.
Super-hard metal 'four times tougher than titanium' [Fri, 22 Jul 2016 03:59:13 GMT]
A super-hard metal is made in the laboratory by melting together titanium and gold.
Wild birds 'come when called' to help hunt honey [Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:12:15 GMT]
Honey hunters in Mozambique rely on the help of honeyguide birds - and a new study reveals their two-way communication.
Sunburned dolphin spotted in Moray Firth [Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:17:38 GMT]
A dolphin that was sunburned while stranded out of water on mudflats for 24 hours in May appears to be recovering from its injuries.