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...


Russian site lists breached webcams [Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:21:37 GMT]
Data privacy watchdogs are warning the public about a Russian website that provides links to breached webcams, baby monitors and CCTV feeds.
'Poorest of poor' test talking tech [Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:22:18 GMT]
A charity is to give away 2,000 Talking Book audio computers to some of Ghana's poorest communities after securing funds from Unicef and ARM.
Amnesty releases anti-spying program [Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:28:14 GMT]
Amnesty International has released a program that can spot spying software used by governments to monitor activists and political opponents.
Google and Rockstar end patent suit [Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:58:03 GMT]
Google and patent consortium Rockstar - which includes Apple as an investor - agree to settle a patent litigation suit.
Iran frees 'Blogfather' Derakhshan [Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:10:11 GMT]
Iran's Supreme Leader has pardoned the pioneering Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan after six years in prison, Iranian media report.
Feminist Hacker Barbie [Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:25:22 GMT]
Internet users create a web app to edit the pages of a controversial Barbie book.
Yahoo to take over search on Firefox [Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:10:48 GMT]
Tech giant Yahoo will now replace market leader Google as the default search engine on Firefox's internet browsers in the US.
Apple to push Beats to all iPhones [Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:45:06 GMT]
Apple plans to push the Beats music streaming service to every iPhone in the new year, according to a report in the Financial Times newspaper.
Android 5.0 update causes problems [Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:33:44 GMT]
Early adopters of Android Lollipop are experiencing a range of issues, causing some users to complain their devices have become "unusable".
Microsoft faults knock sites offline [Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:29:16 GMT]
Faults with Microsoft's cloud computing platform Azure knock many third-party sites offline and restrict access to its own apps.


Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge [Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:39:16 GMT]
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.
Geckos inspire 'Spider-Man' gloves [Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:39:24 GMT]
The way geckos climb has inspired a device that allowed a 70kg man to scale a glass wall like Spider-Man.
UK 'to lead moon landing in 10 years' [Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:17:50 GMT]
A British-led consortium outlines its plans to land a robotic probe, paid for by public donations, on the Moon in 10 years' time.
Court puts more heat on diesels [Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:28:56 GMT]
UK government comes under renewed pressure to cut pollution from diesel vehicles following the latest ruling in a battle over clean air.
Planning law change 'catastrophic' [Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:55:04 GMT]
Proposed changes to planning policy would be "catastrophic" for rural areas, rural housing and planning authorities warn.
Sun boosts UK lightning strikes [Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:22:04 GMT]
The number of lightning strikes across the UK has been significantly affected by solar activity, according to new research.
Organic molecules detected on comet [Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:48:06 GMT]
The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed.
Russia tests 'satellite catcher' [Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:59:04 GMT]
Russia may be testing a satellite capable of chasing down and inspecting other orbiting spacecraft, experts say.
Europe signs on to Orion venture [Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:08:25 GMT]
The European Space Agency and Airbus sign a contract that will see the aerospace giant build the "back end" of America's new manned spaceship.
Wildlife crime wanted list released [Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:55:08 GMT]
The public are being asked to provide information on the locations of nine fugitives suspected of serious environmental crimes.

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.