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...


Man guilty of fake-girl webcam sex [Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:29:45 GMT]
An Australian man is convicted of performing a sex act in front of a webcam "watched by" a computer-generated child he believed was real.
Google changes 'to fight piracy' [Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:16:27 GMT]
Google announces changes to its search engine in an attempt to curb online piracy.
Anonymising router project shut down [Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:15:34 GMT]
A plan to raise cash to make a router that hides what people do online has been suspended after questions were raised about the project.
Apple's iPhone sales boost earnings [Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:32:40 GMT]
Apple reports fourth-quarter earnings of $8.47bn (ÂŁ5.24bn), beating analysts' expectations, helped by sales of its new iPhone models.
Peers back revenge porn 'offence' [Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:37:24 GMT]
The House of Lords agrees unanimously to make "revenge porn" a criminal offence in England and Wales.
Some paedophiles 'won't be charged' [Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:12:42 GMT]
Some of the UK's estimated 50,000 paedophiles with images of child abuse will escape prosecution, the head of the National Crime Agency says.
IBM pays $1.5bn to offload chip unit [Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:26:24 GMT]
IBM is paying $1.5bn to offload its loss-making chip manufacturing division to Abu Dhabi owned GlobalFoundries as it announces a 17% profits fall.
Minecraft city built in two years [Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:00:42 GMT]
A student from Delaware has spent two years constructing Titan City from 4.5 million Minecraft building blocks.
Internet trolls face longer sentences [Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:22:17 GMT]
People who post abusive messages online could face up to two years in jail under new laws proposed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.
BBC to publish 'forgotten' page list [Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:25:36 GMT]
The BBC is to publish a continually updated list of its articles removed from Google searches under the controversial "right to be forgotten" rule.


African solar plan to power UK homes [Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:33:33 GMT]
Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa.
Europe 'will fail to protect climate' [Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:05:35 GMT]
IPCC expert says EU's plan consigns future leaders to “extraordinary and unprecedented” CO2 cuts.
Comet Siding Spring skims past Mars [Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:10:16 GMT]
A recently discovered comet known as Siding Spring passes Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study the object.
UK city planning advice for China [Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:01:51 GMT]
UK planning experts are to advise Chinese mayors on the benefits of building environmentally friendly cities.
Mysterious US space plane returns [Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:15:42 GMT]
An unmanned US military plane on a secretive two-year mission in space has returned to Earth in California.
Solar farms 'blight on landscape' [Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:12:00 GMT]
Environment Secretary Liz Truss says large-scale solar farms are "ugly" as she confirms plans to cut a taxpayer subsidy for the schemes.
New disease 'killing amphibians' [Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:47:06 GMT]
A deadly new disease has emerged in Spain that is wiping out amphibians, scientists report.
Carnivores 'help trees shed thorns' [Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:23:54 GMT]
The presence of carnivores, which control herbivore numbers, helps plants without thorny defences thrive, a study of life on the savannah reveals.
Death Star moon is 'wonky or watery' [Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:04:59 GMT]
The internal structure of Saturn's moon Mimas is either irregularly shaped or awash with water, according to a new study of its tell-tale wobbling movements.
Name sought for comet landing site [Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:27:49 GMT]
The public are being invited to name the site on a comet where a European robot will try to land on 12 November.

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.