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...


A new kind of tech bubble [Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:21:07 GMT]
Scientists at Bristol University are bringing bubbles and technology together in unexpected - and potentially profitable - ways.
Apple profits beat expectations [Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:23:41 GMT]
Technology giant Apple plans a share buyback after it reports profits of $10.2bn, selling a more than 43 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2014.
Facebook earnings surge on mobile ads [Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:07:53 GMT]
Social networking giant Facebook reports better than expected profits, as a surge in mobile advertising helps boost its revenues.
NYPD Twitter campaign 'backfires' [Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:28:34 GMT]
Twitter users bombard the New York Police department with images depicting police aggression in the latest social media campaign to go awry.
Qualcomm shares dip on weak outlook [Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:35:01 GMT]
Shares in Qualcomm, one of the world's biggest mobile phone chipmakers, fall 5% in after-hours trading as it issues a weaker than expected growth outlook.
Robot portable printer secures cash [Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:28:48 GMT]
An Israeli start-up secures enough funds to put a pocket-sized robot printer into production.
Game-maker Zynga in widening loss [Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:29:03 GMT]
Troubled online game-maker Zynga reports a loss of $61m, as founder Mark Pincus steps down as chief product officer.
Future of the net debated in Brazil [Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:20:02 GMT]
Tensions emerge ahead of a meeting being held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to discuss changes to the way the internet is governed.
Amazon and HBO sign streaming deal [Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:56:10 GMT]
US customers of streaming service Amazon Prime will be able to stream such TV shows as The Sopranos and The Wire thanks to a new deal with subscription channel HBO.
Google refunding buyers of fake app [Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:09:06 GMT]
Google is refunding people who bought a fake anti-virus app through its Google Play store.


Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed' [Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:18:33 GMT]
A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation.
Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved [Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:01:55 GMT]
The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.
Graphene 'made with kitchen blender' [Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:03:27 GMT]
Scientists have outlined how they managed to make the wonder material graphene using a kitchen blender.
Flood defence assessment completed [Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:25:16 GMT]
For the first time in its history, the Environment Agency assesses the state of all flood defences in England following 'unprecedented' winter storms.
Malta criticised for mass bird shoot [Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:51:59 GMT]
A leading British naturalist accuses Malta of failing to prevent large-scale illegal shooting of migratory birds by hunters.
SpaceX launches station cargo flight [Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:06:02 GMT]
US company SpaceX launches its latest re-supply mission to the International Space Station, sending up a Dragon freighter to rendezvous with the orbiting platform on Sunday.
Female cave insects have 'penises' [Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:51:03 GMT]
Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia.
US 'delays' Keystone XL decision [Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:31 GMT]
The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.
'Most Earth-like planet yet' found [Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:04:42 GMT]
A planet that is close in size to the Earth and that could hold water on its surface has been identified by the Kepler telescope.
EU green light for UK carbon project [Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:12:16 GMT]
A British project to capture CO2 and bury it under the North Sea looks set to receive a 300m-euro boost from the EU.

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.