Welcome to Argalax

Hi

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...

Technology

Cambridge scientists consider fake news 'vaccine' [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:10:53 GMT]
Concern at fabricated stories on websites prompts a psychological study to help people spot fake news.
Samsung confirms battery faults as cause of Note 7 fires [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:20:03 GMT]
The firm says neither software nor hardware, other than the batteries, were at fault in Note 7.
New seat alert app for pregnant commuters [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:46:49 GMT]
Developers launch a new app to help pregnant women get a seat on public transport while commuting.
China to crack down on censor-busting services [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:55:19 GMT]
China is cracking down on the hi-tech ways citizens avoid official scrutiny of what they do online.
'How we built India's biggest robot company' [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:13:34 GMT]
GreyOrange is India's biggest robotics company, making machines which support the country's booming online retail industry.
Online dating fraud victim numbers at record high [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:53:32 GMT]
UK online dating scams reached record levels in 2016, the Victoria Derbyshire programme learns.
Lloyds cyber-attack details emerge [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:43:45 GMT]
Lloyds Bank was hit by a denial of service attack nearly two weeks ago that disrupted online access.
Nintendo signals end for Wii U [Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:35:14 GMT]
Nintendo signals the "end of life" for its Wii U games console, which was first released in 2012.
Google placed its own ads first, study claims [Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:59:20 GMT]
Adverts for Google products occupied 91% of the top slots on the firm's search results pages.
Amazon and Apple end exclusive deal on audio books [Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:11:39 GMT]
Apple and Amazon have ended a deal that tied them into an exclusive contract for the supply and sale of audio books.

Science

Flood prevention being ignored - MPs [Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:06:39 GMT]
Ministers should do more to prevent flooding, says a Commons committee report.
Cambridge scientists consider fake news 'vaccine' [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:10:53 GMT]
Concern at fabricated stories on websites prompts a psychological study to help people spot fake news.
Project aims to grow a 'city of trees' [Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:40:55 GMT]
A project aims to plant three million trees - one for every man, woman and child - in Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.
Larsen ice crack continues to open up [Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:55:51 GMT]
The crack in Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf that looks set to spawn a giant iceberg has spread a further 10km.
Fire of Australia: The return of the world's finest uncut opal [Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:44:46 GMT]
The opal dubbed the Fire of Australia is back on public display after 70 years in a safe deposit box.
Ants use Sun and memories to navigate [Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:02:07 GMT]
Scientists say ants can plot a route home even when travelling backwards.
Gore 'hoping for best' from Trump over climate [Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:25:19 GMT]
Ex-US Vice President Al Gore, who has made a new climate change film, says he thinks campaigners will "win" the debate.
Climate change: Data shows 2016 likely to be warmest year yet [Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:39:45 GMT]
Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.
Primates facing 'extinction crisis' [Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:20:32 GMT]
Primates are facing an extinction crisis, according to researchers who have found that 60% of species are under threat.
Robotic sleeve 'hugs' failing hearts [Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:05:07 GMT]
US scientists develop a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they fail to work properly.

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