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...


Apple 'failing to protect workers' [Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:27:07 GMT]
Poor treatment of workers in the Chinese factories which make Apple products is discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.
Snapchat boss tearful at Sony hack [Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:59:37 GMT]
Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel left "devastated" as plans for his messaging app are leaked as part of the Sony Pictures hack.
Net overseers hit by phishing attack [Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:47:20 GMT]
Hackers have managed to penetrate the internal network used by the organisation that oversees the net's addressing system.
Windows browser choice system ends [Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:09:28 GMT]
A requirement for Microsoft to offer new Windows users in Europe a choice of web browsers has ended after five years
Valve limits sales of Russian games [Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:21:35 GMT]
The plunging value of the Russian rouble has led game maker Valve to impose limits on its online store.
New Blackberry 'back to its roots' [Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:09:39 GMT]
Blackberry launches what it calls a "no-nonsense" smartphone in a bid to win back business customers.
Google considers data risk warnings [Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:01:16 GMT]
Google is proposing to warn people their data is at risk every time they visit websites that do not use the "HTTPS" system.
Mobile deal to reduce 'not-spots' [Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:47:15 GMT]
Agreement is reached between the government and the country's biggest mobile networks to improve coverage across the UK.
Jeans made to block wireless signals [Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:13:48 GMT]
Jeans that block wireless RFID signals, prevent hackers accessing card details, are to go on sale.
Apple halts Russian online sales [Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:27:36 GMT]
Technology giant Apple says it cannot currently sell products online in Russia because the rouble's value is too volatile for it to set prices.


Birds 'fled day before US tornadoes' [Fri, 19 Dec 2014 02:21:28 GMT]
Tracking data reveals that golden-winged warblers fled one day before the April 2014 US tornado outbreak, probably because they "heard it coming".
Carbon mission returns global maps [Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:36:20 GMT]
Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.
New record depth for deepest fish [Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:01:55 GMT]
Fish are filmed more than 8,000m down in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place on Earth.
Shrink ship bubbles ‘for climate fix’ [Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:26:21 GMT]
Shrinking the bubbles generated by ships could counteract the impact of climate change, a study suggests.
7ft marine reptile fossil beach find [Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:27:21 GMT]
An amateur fossil hunter has unearthed a 7ft skeleton of a carnivorous marine reptile on a beach in south Wales.
Badger cull fails to meet target [Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:33:26 GMT]
Fewer than half the target number of badgers were killed in this year's cull in Gloucestershire, Defra announces.
Bats 'showing signs of recovery' [Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:24:30 GMT]
Populations of most of Britain's bat species are stable or increasing following previous years of decline, report says.
Philae comet landing 'all a blur' [Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:06:50 GMT]
An image has been released that shows the hairy moment that the Philae comet lander bounced back into space.
'Vast store' of world's oldest water [Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:25:59 GMT]
The world's oldest water, which is locked deep within the Earth's crust, is present at a far greater volume than was thought, scientists report.
Sentinel tracks continued Napa slip [Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:25:11 GMT]
The creeping movement of the ground in California's Napa Valley, following its August earthquake, has been observed from space.

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.