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...


German media boss criticises Google [Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:20:24 GMT]
In an open letter to Google's Eric Schmidt the boss of German publishing firm Axel Springer says it is afraid of the search giant.
Lavabit loses contempt appeal [Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:37:07 GMT]
A US appeals court upholds a contempt of court ruling against the secure email service provider Lavabit used by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Kim Dotcom wins back cars and cash [Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:11:17 GMT]
Kim Dotcom, the multimillionaire founder of closed file-sharing site Megaupload, has won back cars, cash and property seized in a January 2012 raid.
Cyborg glasses express fake emotions [Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:00:27 GMT]
A Japanese researcher creates glasses that show computer-generated eyes that express emotions so that the wearer does not need to bother.
First Heartbleed 'hacker' arrested [Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:56:43 GMT]
A 19-year-old Canadian citizen is charged with hacking into the Canada Revenue Agency's website, becoming the first arrest in relation to the Heartbleed security breach.
Google shares fall on ad concerns [Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:01:25 GMT]
Shares in Google fall 5% despite reporting first-quarter profit of $3.45bn in response to worries over future income from advertising.
BBC and Sky experience fault on iOS [Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:35:38 GMT]
The BBC and Sky's video-on-demand apps simultaneously experience a fault on iPhones and iPads that prevents TV shows from streaming.
Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor hacked [Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:08:54 GMT]
German security researchers say that a spoof fingerprint can be used to unlock Samsung's new handset and steal money.
Tencent brings Candy Crush to China [Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:21:59 GMT]
China's internet giant Tencent will launch the popular Candy Crush game on the mainland in partnership with the game's creator King Digital Entertainment.
Virgin apologises for email glitch [Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:07:45 GMT]
Virgin Media apologises after some of its customers received hundreds of unwanted emails because of a distribution list error.


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.
Ancient life 'frozen' by impacts [Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:54:53 GMT]
Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were preserved when asteroids struck the area, scientists report.
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.
'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.
Birth of 'new Saturn moon' witnessed [Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:44:31 GMT]
Scientists say they have discovered what could be the birth of a new moon in the rings of Saturn.
EU Sentinel returns first images [Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:23:05 GMT]
The first images come back from the radar satellite launched as part of the European Union's new flagship Earth-observation project.
Artists have unique brain structure [Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:35:53 GMT]
Artists' brains are structurally different to non-artists in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery, a study finds.
Beard trend 'guided by evolution' [Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:56:03 GMT]
The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.
Early air points to cold, dry Mars [Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:23:21 GMT]
Scientists use impact craters to work out the characteristics of the air on Mars 3.6 billion years ago.

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.