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

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech [Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:59:27 GMT]
In response to UK government criticism, Facebook, launches a programme to tackle hate speech online.
WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media [Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:18:59 GMT]
The private instant messaging app is surging in popularity as a way to share and discuss the news.
Could XPrize tablets replace teachers in Tanzania? [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:26:23 GMT]
Teams around the world are competing to develop tablet software to replace a teacher in developing countries.
Mexican president denies spying on journalists, lawyers and activists [Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:22:08 GMT]
Enrique Pe├▒a Nieto says his government did not use spyware against journalists, lawyers and activists.
Yahoo closes internet prodigy's news app [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:13:33 GMT]
Three years after its high-profile launch, Nick D'Aloisio's News Digest app is being shut down.
Siri storm caused by economist's comments [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:38:24 GMT]
He apologises for causing any offence after saying he finds a male voice more trustworthy on Siri.
Sega debuts free classic games on mobiles [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:48:13 GMT]
Launch sees five titles made available but more will appear every fortnight.
California earthquake alarm sounded - 92 years late [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:17:55 GMT]
US geologists apologise for issuing warning about a massive earthquake - that struck in 1925.
Amazon accuses Walmart of bullying in cloud computing clash [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:34:51 GMT]
Clash follows reports of Walmart asking IT suppliers not to use Amazon's cloud computing service.
Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:18:05 GMT]
The popular Instagram figure was struck in the chest and died of a heart attack, French media say.

Science

Watched chimps change their hunting habits [Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:42:16 GMT]
Wild chimpanzees have changed their hunting strategies in response to being watched and followed by scientists, observations suggest.
Whale body size warning for species collapses [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:29:28 GMT]
The shrinking size of whales over the 20th Century could help scientists detect when wildlife populations are in trouble, a study suggests.
India genome plan could boost healthcare [Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:53:01 GMT]
Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare?
Queen's Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector [Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:09:13 GMT]
A government plan to protect the UK's £13.7bn space industry has been laid out in the Queen's Speech.
German-UK team maintains Galileo success [Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:21:16 GMT]
OHB and SSTL will make the next eight, possibly even the next 14, satellites for Europe's GPS.
Why suitcases rock and fall over - puzzle solved [Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:34:14 GMT]
Scientists crack the problem of why two-wheeled suitcases can rock from side-to-side and turn over.
Europe selects grand gravity mission [Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:55:58 GMT]
After decades in the planning, a space mission to detect gravitational waves finally gets the go-ahead.
Hawking urges Moon landing to 'elevate humanity' [Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:04:24 GMT]
Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by the end of this decade.
Volcanoes 'triggered dawn of dinosaurs' [Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:59:45 GMT]
A million-year-long period of volcanic activity led to the rise of the dinosaurs, a study suggests.
How cats conquered the ancient world [Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:03:04 GMT]
The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice - in the Near East and then Egypt.

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