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...


Children's toy maker Vtech hacked [Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:44:29 GMT]
Vtech, a company which specialises in electronic toys and educational material for children, confirmed that it has been hacked.
'Li-fi 100 times faster than wi-fi' [Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:04:53 GMT]
Li-fi, a faster way to deliver internet access, has been tested in a real-life, working office in Tallinn, Estonia.
Formula E plans robot races [Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:40:55 GMT]
Driverless racing cars will compete in major cities around the world from next year, announces Formula E organisers.
DJI launches crop-spraying drone [Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:30:52 GMT]
Billion dollar drone company DJI is explanding from consumer and camera drones into agriculture
Pirate makes film to avoid being sued [Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:20:19 GMT]
A convicted Czech software pirate agreed to make an anti-piracy film in order to avoid being sued by the firms whose software he pirated.
Cyber-thieves 'target Black Friday' [Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:16:31 GMT]
Cyber-thieves are preparing malware and spam campaigns in a bid to catch out retailers and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas, say experts.
The truth about Facebook quizzes [Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:42:58 GMT]
Much press attention has been devoted to a Facebook quiz which asked for large swathes of data in return for a word cloud of your most used words, but do we really need to worry?
Zano drone makers detail spending [Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:39:00 GMT]
The company behind failed mini-drone Zano has provided some details of how more than £2m in funding was allocated.
Shrinking to Zero: The Raspberry Pi gets smaller [Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:24:15 GMT]
Launched in 2012, the Raspberry Pi has become Britain's most successful homegrown computer. Now it's getting smaller and cheaper.
Nest Cam camera is 'always on' [Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:21:54 GMT]
Researchers have discovered the camera in the Nest Cam security device is always operating - even when turned off by the user.


Tarantulas 'turned blue eight times' [Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:17:43 GMT]
A study finds that tarantulas evolved almost exactly the same shade of vibrant blue at least eight separate times.
Catholic call to join climate marches [Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:19:15 GMT]
The Pope's senior adviser on global warming has urged Catholics all over the world to join global climate marches planned for Sunday.
Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic [Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:32:48 GMT]
Japan decides to resume hunting whales in the Antarctic after a break of more than a year despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice.
Support for climate deal 'declines' [Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:35:12 GMT]
A public opinion survey suggests that support for strong action on climate change has declined since 2009.
'Dangerous' lakes in Everest glacier [Fri, 27 Nov 2015 04:53:38 GMT]
Lakes that have been forming near Mount Everest could threaten settlements downstream if they overflow.
Space rocket debris found off Scilly [Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:49:17 GMT]
A large chunk of what is believed to have been an unmanned American space rocket is found in the sea off the Isles of Scilly.
Minister to make fracking decision [Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:13:59 GMT]
The decision to allow shale gas drilling - or fracking - in Lancashire will be made directly by the government, it has emerged.
Ultrasound scans brain in micro 3D [Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:37:15 GMT]
Scientists use ultrasound to scan the blood vessels of an entire rat brain in microscopic 3D detail, pioneering a technique they say will improve cancer and stroke diagnosis.
Lead poisons '100,000 birds annually' [Thu, 26 Nov 2015 06:11:14 GMT]
About 100,000 wetland birds are killed every year from poisoning by discarded lead ammunition, say scientists.
Europe's Mars missions are go - finally [Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:54:38 GMT]
Ten years after being formally approved, Europe's ExoMars project is at last ready to send some hardware - a satellite - to the Red Planet.