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...


Android app age ratings grow up [Wed, 27 May 2015 03:05:28 GMT]
Later this week Google will hand over control of its Play store's Android app ratings to a third-party.
SpaceX cleared for military launches [Tue, 26 May 2015 23:56:07 GMT]
The US Air Force clears billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX to launch military and spy satellites.
Hyundai offers Google Android in cars [Wed, 27 May 2015 04:00:17 GMT]
South Korea's Hyundai becomes the first carmaker to offer Google's Android Auto system in its Sonata model.
Periscope arrives on Android [Tue, 26 May 2015 13:14:14 GMT]
Twitter's live video streaming app Periscope is being launched on Google's Android platform, exactly two months after its debut in the Apple store.
Apple design guru Jony Ive promoted [Tue, 26 May 2015 07:58:31 GMT]
Apple promotes British designer Jony Ive to chief design officer, according to reports.
Internet used by 3.2 billion in 2015 [Tue, 26 May 2015 11:09:19 GMT]
Nearly half of the global population will be using the internet by the end of this year, according to a new report.
Meet YouTube's 8-bit movie makers [Mon, 25 May 2015 16:49:35 GMT]
A team which recreates popular films as 8-bit video games is attracting millions of views on YouTube.
Victims of ID theft 'up by a third' [Tue, 26 May 2015 19:20:35 GMT]
The number of people falling victim to identity theft in the UK rises by almost a third in the first three months of 2015, figures from fraud prevention agency Cifas show.
Poster family warns over stock images [Mon, 25 May 2015 11:55:59 GMT]
A family whose image was used in a poster campaign by the group opposing gay marriage in the Republic of Ireland say they were "naive" about stock photography websites.
Amazon changes sales reporting [Tue, 26 May 2015 08:26:47 GMT]
Amazon, the global online retailer, is changing the way it records European sales in a move that could see it paying more tax.


Crowd size estimated with phone data [Wed, 27 May 2015 00:10:09 GMT]
A study tests the idea that large crowds can be counted using data from mobile phone usage and Twitter.
Nepal seeks expert advice on tourism [Wed, 27 May 2015 00:45:23 GMT]
Tourism operators in earthquake-hit Nepal seek guidance from international experts on which areas can be declared safe for trekking and mountaineering.
How Arctic ozone hole was avoided [Tue, 26 May 2015 15:58:23 GMT]
The Antarctic ozone hole would have been 40% bigger and a hole over the Arctic would have opened up if ozone-depleting chemicals had not been phased out, according to research.
Volcano erupts on Galapagos island [Tue, 26 May 2015 10:14:42 GMT]
A volcanic eruption on one of the Galapagos Islands potentially puts Charles Darwin's evolution ecosystem at risk.
'Loud wakeup call' over rare dolphin [Tue, 26 May 2015 02:52:10 GMT]
The smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world could be extinct within 15 years if protection is not stepped up, according to research.
Coastal farm sold to National Trust [Tue, 26 May 2015 05:38:12 GMT]
Parts of the iconic Great Orme headland in north Wales are safeguarded for the future after being bought by the National Trust.
Solar Impulse awaits 'moment of truth' [Mon, 25 May 2015 08:44:46 GMT]
In what will be its greatest challenge yet, the zero-fuel aeroplane Solar Impulse will soon try to fly non-stop from China to Hawaii - a journey of more than 8,000km across the Pacific Ocean.
IS threat to rare bird near Palmyra [Mon, 25 May 2015 15:18:56 GMT]
Islamic State's capture of Palmyra in Syria threatens the last surviving colony of the northern bald ibis in the Middle East, experts says.
'Beautiful Mind' mathematician killed [Sun, 24 May 2015 21:48:13 GMT]
Renowned mathematician John Nash, subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, dies in a New Jersey taxi crash with his wife.
Trust backs beaver reintroduction [Mon, 25 May 2015 11:39:01 GMT]
Beavers should be resident in Scotland says the National Trust as it announces its support for reintroduction projects.

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.