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...


Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn [Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:10:51 GMT]
Mojang, the Swedish firm behind the popular video game Minecraft, is bought by Microsoft for $2.5bn (£1.5bn).
Apple releases U2 album removal tool [Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:32:30 GMT]
Apple releases a tool to remove U2's new album from its customers' iTunes accounts in response to complaints six days after giving away the music for free.
Tech firms want 'digital ministers' [Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:00:10 GMT]
An influential group of major technology firms is calling on the UK to appoint "digital ministers" in every government department.
First Android One smartphones launch [Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:16:26 GMT]
The first Android One handsets go on sale in India, offering ‚Äúhigh quality‚ÄĚ features and downloads at a relatively low price.
Canon printer hacked to run Doom [Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:19:57 GMT]
A wireless Canon Pixma printer has been hacked by a security researcher to run classic video game Doom.
Drag queens in Facebook name row [Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:44:19 GMT]
A group of drag queens have called on Facebook to allow them to use their stage names rather than real names on the social network.
Contactless payments arrive for Tube [Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:05:05 GMT]
Contactless bank cards are being introduced on London's Tube, DLR and Overground trains from Tuesday.
Twitch malware spends users' money [Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:18:57 GMT]
Malicious links posted on the chat forums of video games streaming site Twitch can spend money without users' authorisation, it has emerged.
US spies 'can access German telecoms' [Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:21:33 GMT]
US and British intelligence services can secretly access information from German telecoms operators, including Deutsche Telekom, Der Speigel says.
Samsung accuses LG of damaging goods [Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:00:54 GMT]
A bizarre spat has broken out between South Korean manufacturing giants Samsung and LG, with Samsung accusing its rival of damaging goods in German stores.


Red card for 'greenest' government [Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:44:59 GMT]
The government is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of MPs says.
US gas leaks not caused by fracking [Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:16:30 GMT]
A new study suggests that the contamination of drinking water by shale gas is due to faulty wells and not hydraulic fracturing.
Rosetta comet landing site chosen [Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:14:30 GMT]
Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.
Ancient China fish 'nearly extinct' [Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:28:47 GMT]
The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, say local media.
Brazil builds giant Amazon tower [Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:51:04 GMT]
Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin in Brazil to monitor climate change.
Ban on shark trade comes into force [Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:52:44 GMT]
In a significant step forward for shark conservation, all trade in five named species is to be regulated from today.
Progress for giant laser instrument [Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:07:53 GMT]
The Advanced Ligo instrument, a laser "ruler" built to measure the traces of gravitational waves, is progressing at amazing speed, scientists say.
Robot could load up dishwasher [Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:38:26 GMT]
A robot unveiled today at the British Science Festival will be loading dishwashers next year, its developers claim.
'Giant swimming dinosaur' unearthed [Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:08:10 GMT]
A giant fossil, unearthed in the Sahara desert, has given scientists an unprecedented look at Spinosaurus - the largest-known carnivorous dinosaur.
Brain 'still active during sleep' [Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:31:35 GMT]
The brain is still active while we sleep, say scientists, who found people were able to classify words according to their meaning during their slumber.

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.