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Hi, my name is Alexander and this is my website.

I live in Toronto, Canada, and work as a Senior IT Professional.

In spare time I enjoy writing some code, developing web applications, working on my robot, reading sci-fi, finance and technical books, visiting my cabin in the wilderness and travel when I can.

Here are some technical news to read...


US woman used bitcoin to move cash to Islamic State, police say [Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:16:26 GMT]
She is accused of taking out fraudulent bank loans and buying bitcoin to funnel cash to IS.
Schools warned over hackable heating systems [Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:10:12 GMT]
A researcher finds dozens of UK schools' smart heating systems are vulnerable to being attacked.
Million Britons miss out on 'decent' broadband speeds [Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:54:46 GMT]
Many Britons still struggle with slow broadband, finds report from communications regulator Ofcom
Vodafone offers thousands early contract exit [Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:36:03 GMT]
The mobile network was not clear enough about new fees, telecoms regulator Ofcom says.
Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat [Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:42:20 GMT]
The online retailer puts streaming gadgets from Google back on sale, ending a two-year hiatus.
Star Citizen game makers being sued [Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:17:56 GMT]
Crytek alleges Roberts Space Industries (RSI) and Cloud Imperium Games "have caused substantial harm".
'Flirty secretary' smart assistant taken offline in China [Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:31:09 GMT]
The avatar, which could be made to flirt and dance, is offline after a suggestion it objectified women.
Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal [Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:48:53 GMT]
BT will supply its sports channels to Sky, while selling Sky's Now TV service to its customers.
NatWest bank security spat prompts fix [Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:27:26 GMT]
The bank told a security expert "sorry you feel this way" when a potential vulnerability was found.
Starbucks cafe's wi-fi made computers mine crypto-currency [Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:45:48 GMT]
Visitors to an Argentine branch of the coffee chain are targeted with crypto-currency malware.


Rocket rumbles give volcanic insights [Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:41:47 GMT]
Scientists install sensors at the Kennedy Space Center that would normally be used to monitor volcanoes.
Heinz Wolff, Great Egg Race presenter and scientist, dies [Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:28:23 GMT]
The renowned scientist behind BBC Two's The Great Egg Race died on Friday, his family says.
California fires: Sentinel satellite tracks wildfire smoke plume [Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:36:55 GMT]
Europe's new Sentinel-5P satellite captures a dramatic image of the smoke billowing away from wildfires.
Star system has record eight exoplanets [Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:27:20 GMT]
Nasa finds a distant star circled by eight planets, equal to the complement in our own Solar System.
60 million-year-old meteorite impact found on Skye [Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:37:58 GMT]
Geologists made the discovery while exploring volcanic rocks near Broadford.
Sumatran rhino 'hanging on by a thread' [Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:33:43 GMT]
A genetic study shows the decline of one of the rarest mammals on Earth began during the last Ice Age.
Neonicotinoids at 'chronic levels' in UK rivers, study finds [Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:27:59 GMT]
Neonicotinoids have increasingly been linked to problems in bee populations.
How Greenland would look without its ice sheet [Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:52:29 GMT]
Scientists stitch together decades of survey data to reveal a hidden world of mountains and canyons.
Hurricane Harvey rainfall 'weighed 127bn tonnes' [Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:57:26 GMT]
Scientists established how much rain fell by measuring how much the Earth compressed during the storm.
Sea reptile fossil gives clues to life in ancient oceans [Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:19:56 GMT]
A new fossil is shedding light on the marine reptiles that swam at the time of the dinosaurs.