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...


Google apologises for racist blunder [Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:02:08 GMT]
Google says it is "appalled" that its Photos app mislabelled several photos of a black American couple as showing gorillas.
Man crushed to death by robot [Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:17:05 GMT]
A 22-year-old worker is grabbed and killed by a robot at a VW car factory in Germany.
Non-stick mayo jars being developed [Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:43:43 GMT]
Norwegian mayonnaise maker Orkla signs a deal to use a non-stick coating in its food products.
Man comes forward over drone injury [Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:00:54 GMT]
A man contacts police after piloting a drone that knocked a woman unconscious when it hit her in the head.
Health firm reacts to Facebook row [Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:23:53 GMT]
The health insurer Vitality promises to be "clearer" about the fact an app it promotes is owned by Facebook, following complaints by privacy groups.
China passes sweeping security law [Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:42:21 GMT]
China passes a wide-ranging and controversial new national security law, tightening control of areas including cyber space among other areas.
Dixons Carphone in deal with Sprint [Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:42:13 GMT]
Dixons Carphone has signed a deal with US telecoms firm Sprint that will see it open and manage Sprint-branded stores in the US.
Court rejects Facebook privacy case [Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:05:29 GMT]
A court in Vienna declines to hear a legal case involving allegations that Facebook has broken EU data privacy laws.
Data roaming charges to end in EU [Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:43:58 GMT]
After its watered down plans were attacked in March, the EU reaches a deal to end mobile data roaming charges and define net neutrality rules.
IT system for GP records criticised [Thu, 02 Jul 2015 01:55:37 GMT]
A new GP IT system designed to improve quality and planning in the NHS in England is criticised for running over budget and behind schedule, by a finance watchdog.


Solar Impulse breaks solo record [Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:15:10 GMT]
Swiss adventurer Andre Borschberg breaks the record for the longest ever non-stop solo-flight without refuelling, as his solar-powered plane continues to reach across the Pacific.
New test pins down 'time of death' [Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:12:19 GMT]
Forensic researchers develop a new method for establishing an accurate time of death after as much as 10 days.
Rosetta spies cometary sinkholes [Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:04:18 GMT]
The comet being studied by Europe’s Rosetta probe is riddled with pits that formed much like sinkholes here on Earth, say scientists.
Probe refines Pluto flyby path [Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:50:01 GMT]
The American New Horizons spacecraft makes its last planned targeting manoeuvre as it bears down on Pluto.
Seventh shark attack in N Carolina [Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:57:10 GMT]
A 68-year-old man is badly injured by a shark in North Carolina in the seventh attack off the state's coast in less than three weeks.
Oranges bug 'hacks insect behaviour' [Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:37:42 GMT]
A deadly disease of citrus plants spreads by manipulating its insect host, research suggests.
Light crystals clinch physics medal [Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:08:47 GMT]
US physicist Eli Yablonovitch, who first created "photonic crystals" to repel, trap and steer light, will receive the Newton Medal from the UK's Institute of Physics.
New director general takes Esa reins [Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:18:26 GMT]
Johann-Dietrich Woerner moves from the German space agency to head up the European Space Agency.
China climate change plan unveiled [Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:19:02 GMT]
China - the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases - has announced details of its climate action plan.
Climate change 'action needed' [Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:35:31 GMT]
The UK must take urgent action to prepare for the impacts of climate change in the UK, according to a report submitted to the government.

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.