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 sorry over plus-size ad ban [Mon, 23 May 2016 15:54:09 GMT]
An Australian feminist group expressed fury after Facebook rejected an ad it created because of the image it used.
Oculus anti-piracy update cracked [Mon, 23 May 2016 14:59:11 GMT]
An anti-piracy update for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is cracked within a day of release.
The gene's still selfish: Dawkins' famous idea turns 40 [Tue, 24 May 2016 07:12:02 GMT]
As The Selfish Gene notches up 40 years in print, Richard Dawkins discusses its legacy, the "resuscitation" of software he wrote in the 1980s - and giving up Twitter.
Spotify revenues rise but losses widen [Tue, 24 May 2016 02:56:36 GMT]
Streaming music platform Spotify saw revenue top 1.95bn euros ($2.2bn; £1.5bn) over the past year, but has yet to make a profit.
Google rethinks Ara modular smartphones [Mon, 23 May 2016 12:59:32 GMT]
Google revises its plan to make smartphones with swappable parts, to limit the kind of modules that can be bolted on.
Microsoft 'terror content' crackdown [Mon, 23 May 2016 10:51:21 GMT]
Microsoft announces a new policy to remove "terrorist content" from its consumer-focused online services.
Waterstones to stop selling e-books [Mon, 23 May 2016 13:29:09 GMT]
Bookseller Waterstones is to stop selling digital books and will instead divert customers to Japanese e-book company Kobo.
Teenager faces Mumsnet hacking charge [Mon, 23 May 2016 15:40:11 GMT]
A teenager is charged with a hacking attack on Mumsnet, which caused the parenting site to reset its 7.7 million members' passwords.
Japan cash machines hit by $12.7m theft [Mon, 23 May 2016 09:36:10 GMT]
Cash worth 1.4bn yen ($13m; £8.8m) is taken from cash machines in Japan using credit cards made with stolen South African bank data.
India launches mini space shuttle [Mon, 23 May 2016 04:36:27 GMT]
India launches an unmanned model space shuttle into orbit, joining the race to develop reusable space crafts.

Science

Review call over European GM crop ban [Tue, 24 May 2016 00:22:20 GMT]
The ban on GM crops by European countries should be reassessed, the president of UK science body the Royal Society has said.
Fracking approval reignites row [Tue, 24 May 2016 06:57:40 GMT]
Approval for fracking in North Yorkshire raises the prospect of the controversial technique being allowed at other sites and restarts an intense debate.
The gene's still selfish: Dawkins' famous idea turns 40 [Tue, 24 May 2016 07:12:02 GMT]
Scientist and author Richard Dawkins discusses his legacy - and giving up Twitter
Fossil gives clues to ancient extinction [Mon, 23 May 2016 09:54:09 GMT]
A strange sea-dwelling reptile fossil suggests there was a burst of evolution after the mass extinction 250 million years ago.
India launches mini space shuttle [Mon, 23 May 2016 04:36:27 GMT]
India launches an unmanned model space shuttle into orbit, joining the race to develop reusable space crafts.
Lions and zebras being kept at UK homes [Mon, 23 May 2016 14:43:13 GMT]
Wild animals including lions, crocodiles, rattlesnakes and zebras are being kept legally on private property across the UK, licensing figures reveal.
Solar Impulse aeroplane reaches Ohio [Sun, 22 May 2016 03:46:08 GMT]
The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, has landed in Dayton, Ohio, after flying from Oklahoma on the latest leg of its round-the-world journey.
Two birds yield genetic key to crimson [Fri, 20 May 2016 11:49:23 GMT]
Two independent scientific papers identify the same single gene as the cause of red beaks and feathers in birds.
Mini-robot perches like an insect [Fri, 20 May 2016 05:23:35 GMT]
Miniature flying robot that can perch and take off could be used in search and rescue, scientists say.
Hubble takes super-snap of Mars [Fri, 20 May 2016 08:21:24 GMT]
The Hubble Space Telescope produces another of its stunning portraits of Mars, as the planet lines up with the Earth and the Sun.

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