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...


Ashley Madison founder steps down [Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:41:31 GMT]
The founder and chief executive of the Ashley Madison extra-marital affair website, Noel Biderman, steps down following data hack.
Instagram images no longer all square [Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:35:51 GMT]
Instagram is allowing its 300 million users to post landscape and portrait videos and pictures, as well as squares, for the first time.
Lizard Squad 'copycats': Teens arrested [Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:19:47 GMT]
Six teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of using software from hackers who claim they disrupted Xbox and PlayStation last Christmas.
HSBC clears '99%' of delayed payments [Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:06:31 GMT]
HSBC says it has processed "99%" of payments affected by an IT glitch, with the remainder due to be completed overnight.
Facebook hits billion users in a day [Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:47:46 GMT]
Facebook boasts a new record, with more than a billion people using the social network on a single day this week.
Woman gets cash for gadget allergy [Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:12:03 GMT]
A woman in France has won a disability grant after telling a court she suffers from an allergy to electromagnetic radiation from gadgets.
Vine takes on Shazam on music discovery [Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:42:50 GMT]
The app says it's focusing more on music with new services that will also make it easier to loop audio.
Social media 'must rethink autoplay' [Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:36:25 GMT]
After users were exposed to videos of the murders of two journalists, MPs say the sites must make their autoplay functions safer.
The digital game that could cure TB [Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:16:11 GMT]
A unique collaboration between two Scottish universities has produced a digital game that fights tuberculosis.
Google rejects EU's abuse complaint [Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:07:41 GMT]
Google formally rejects the EU's allegations that its shopping links service amounts to an abuse of its dominance of search.


Satellite image of IS destruction [Sat, 29 Aug 2015 02:24:12 GMT]
A French satellite system pictures a pile of rubble where the ancient Temple of Baalshamin at Palmyra in Syria used to stand.
Year-long 'Mars isolation' begins [Sat, 29 Aug 2015 03:57:20 GMT]
A team of Nasa recruits begins a year-long isolation in a dome near a barren volcano in Hawaii, to simulate life on Mars.
Key Inmarsat rocket flight 'success' [Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:03:09 GMT]
A rocket mission to put a new spacecraft in orbit for London-based Inmarsat is declared a success.
Badger cull extended into Dorset [Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:12:50 GMT]
The badger cull is to be extended into Dorset following pilots in Gloucestershire and Somerset, the government announces.
Satellite revisits Hurricane Katrina [Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:05:18 GMT]
A UK-built satellite delivered the first orbital picture to US disaster response coordinators following Hurricane Katrina. Ten years on, a British spacecraft has re-imaged the Mississippi Delta.
Government plans steep cuts in solar [Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:42:44 GMT]
The government says it plans to significantly reduce subsidies paid to small scale green power installations.
Knut polar bear death riddle solved [Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:02:35 GMT]
Scientists say Knut, the famous polar bear that drowned at Berlin Zoo in 2011, had a type of autoimmune inflammation of the brain that is also recognised in humans.
Invasive bug 'could spread in UK' [Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:02:10 GMT]
An invasive caterpillar that feeds on hedges is starting to spread from its established base in London across the UK.
Aphantasia: A life without mental images [Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:00:30 GMT]
Scientists identify the condition aphantasia, in which people cannot create images in their head
Hawking: Black holes store information [Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:06:47 GMT]
Black holes preserve information about the things that fall into them, according to Prof Stephen Hawking.

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.