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...


Uber banned across Germany by court [Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:04:53 GMT]
A Frankfurt court tells car pick-up service Uber to stop taking passengers or face a fine because it lacks permits to operate in Germany.
FBI probes 'Cloud' celebrity leaks [Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:09:12 GMT]
The FBI looks into allegations that the online accounts of celebrities have been hacked, leading to intimate pictures being posted online.
Google 'discourages' old browser use [Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:28:47 GMT]
Google has started showing old versions of its search page to people using out-of-date versions of web browsers.
Samsung phones to get Nokia maps [Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:23:00 GMT]
Samsung has signed a deal with Nokia to use its Here mapping service on its smartphones and the Gear S smartwatch.
Iran clerics 'must accept internet' [Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:02:46 GMT]
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges Iran's clerics to be more tolerant of the internet and new technologies after recent criticism from hardliners.
BBC begins push to help kids code [Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:02:25 GMT]
The BBC unveils plans to support England's computer coding curriculum with a new section of its Bitesize learning site and tech-themed TV shows.
Pupils begin 'tough' new curriculum [Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:14:03 GMT]
Teaching of a "tough" new national curriculum including computer coding classes begins in England.
MSN Messenger to end after 15 years [Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:48:01 GMT]
Microsoft's MSN Messenger will be switched off in China in October, bringing a final end to the 15-year-old service.
2.6m historical pictures put online [Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:18:35 GMT]
An academic is posting millions of historical photos and illustrations to Flickr where they can be searched and copied without charge.
Google trials drone deliveries [Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:00:23 GMT]
Google reveals it has built and tested its own drones as part of a plan to make automated deliveries to remote homes as well as disaster-hit zones.


Cave yields Neanderthal 'artwork' [Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:41:59 GMT]
An engraving found at a cave in Gibraltar may be the most compelling evidence yet for Neanderthal art.
How corals stir up their world [Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:57:27 GMT]
Corals stir up the water, creating vortices that draw in nutrients and drive away waste, research reveals.
African food security on the menu [Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:55:35 GMT]
African ministers and business leaders gather in Ethiopia to consider ways to trigger a green revolution and improve the continent's food security.
Russian sex geckos die in orbit [Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:51:57 GMT]
Five gecko lizards sent into orbit on a Russian space satellite as part of a sex experiment have all died, the Russian space agency says.
Xenon and argon banned for athletes [Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:53:44 GMT]
Doping experts have yet to find an effective test to uncover athletes using the gases xenon and argon to boost performance, as a ban is introduced.
Antarctic waters 'rising faster' [Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:16:15 GMT]
Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report finds.
Greenhouse gas fear over meat eating [Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:56:06 GMT]
New research estimates greenhouse gases from food production will go up 80% if meat and dairy consumption continues to rise at its current rate.
Iceland issues new volcano alert [Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:17:46 GMT]
Iceland issues an aviation alert after a fresh lava eruption from a fissure near the Bardarbunga volcano, but the warning is later lowered.
Legal challenge to badger cull fails [Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:29:47 GMT]
A High Court bid to halt this year's badger culling, which will take place without independent monitoring, fails.
DNA tells story of Arctic peopling [Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:52:20 GMT]
A study of genetic sequences sheds light on the settling of the North American Arctic, from ancient "Paleo-Eskimos" to the modern-day Inuit.

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.