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...


Blackberry stops designing its own phones [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:50:48 GMT]
Blackberry is to stop designing smartphones in-house after 14 years.
Google, Facebook, Amazon join forces on future of AI [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:29:35 GMT]
Google, Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft are to form the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, to work on maximising the potential of the technology.
Europol report reveals rise in child sex abuse online [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:16:47 GMT]
Online tools enabling sex offenders to stay anonymous are "becoming the norm" and putting children at greater risk of abuse, warns Europol.
Price comparison sites to be probed by watchdog [Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:19:23 GMT]
The Competition and Markets Authority plans to scrutinise the operation of price comparison websites, which allow consumers to compare products and services.
Shutter falls on life-logging camera start-up Narrative [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:54:38 GMT]
Narrative, which made wearable cameras, is the latest life-logging start-up to fail.
Europol warns of Android tap-and-go thefts [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:25:29 GMT]
Europol believes organised crime is using Android phones to make fraudulent tap-and-go payments.
Trump Jr's Skittles graphic deleted from Twitter [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:29:44 GMT]
A controversial graphic that compared Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles, posted by Donald Trump's son, is deleted from Twitter.
DJI's Mavic Pro fold-up drone detects obstacles [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:55:15 GMT]
The world's bestselling drone-maker unveils a fold-up model that avoids collisions.
Candy Crush Saga: Life beyond level 2,000 [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:55:44 GMT]
Candy Crush Saga launches its 2,000th level - but a decision to add adverts could prove controversial.
Apple to create London home at Battersea Power Station [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:25:41 GMT]
Technology giant Apple will make Battersea Power Station the home of its new London headquarters.


Farm subsidies: Payment to billionaire prince sparks anger [Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:25:57 GMT]
Campaigners call for reform as figures reveal taxpayers are paying more than £400,000 a year to subsidise a Saudi billionaire's farm.
New safeguards agreed for world's most trafficked mammal [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:53:45 GMT]
A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching, has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.
Total trade ban for Gibraltar's monkeys agreed [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:16:58 GMT]
Europe's only non-human primate, the Barbary Macaque, has gained the highest level of protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.
Grass food crops facing climate change challenge [Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:28:16 GMT]
Projected climate change is set to happen too quickly for grass species, including major food crops, to adapt to the new conditions, a study suggests.
Garden ponds 'playing role' in frog disease spread [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:45:36 GMT]
Garden ponds are playing a role in the spread of deadly frog diseases across the UK, a study suggests.
Materials programmed to shape shift [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:26:10 GMT]
Scientists have pre-programmed materials to change their shape over time.
Elon Musk outlines Mars colony vision [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:40:54 GMT]
Entrepreneur Elon Musk outlines his vision for establishing a human colony on Mars for people that can afford a $200,000 ticket price.
First 'three person baby' born using new method [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:13:22 GMT]
The world's first baby has been born using a new "three person" fertility technique, heralding a new era in medicine, say experts.
CITES species body rejects process for ivory sales [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:05:27 GMT]
Delegates at the Cites meeting in Johannesburg have defeated an attempt to set up a process to resume sales of ivory.
Proteins from 'deep time' found in ostrich eggshell [Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:45:37 GMT]
Scientists extract fossil proteins - some of biological tissue's building blocks - in a 3.8 million year-old ostrich eggshell.