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. 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...


VTech 'is responsible' for kids' data [Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:15:35 GMT]
The UK's data privacy watchdog confirms that VTech remains responsible for protecting users' data despite changes to its terms and conditions.
Facebook ‘colonialism' row stokes distrust [Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:26:30 GMT]
Comments by a Facebook board member could put Mark Zuckerberg's global plans on the back foot.
Lego children's prosthetic wins award [Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:59:31 GMT]
A prosthetic arm that allows children to design their own Lego accessories wins an innovation award in Paris.
Gay-themed emojis irk Indonesia [Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:38:51 GMT]
Messaging apps should respect local values, information ministry says.
Google extends 'right to be forgotten' [Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:36:04 GMT]
Tech giant Google says it will hide content removed under the "right to be forgotten" from all versions of the search engine when viewed from countries where removal was approved.
Paul McCartney creates Skype emojis [Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:26:32 GMT]
Sir Paul McCartney has composed music for a series of 'audio emojis' on Skype
Vatican promotes Lent on Telegram [Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:01:32 GMT]
The Vatican is using the controversial instant messaging app Telegram to promote Lent
Gadget battery shipments face scrutiny [Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:30:53 GMT]
The US National Transportation Safety Board says shipments of lithium-ion batteries on planes should be restricted because of safety fears.
Twitter hit by faltering user growth [Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:26:08 GMT]
Shares of Twitter fall in after-hours trading as the companies earnings announcement shows growth faltering.
Spy law 'needs significant changes' [Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:56:51 GMT]
Theresa May's internet monitoring and spying bill needs "significant work" before becoming law, the committee scrutinising it says.


Gravitational waves: Numbers don't do them justice [Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:41:47 GMT]
Jonathan Amos reflects on the significance of Thursday’s announcement – and the mind-boggling scale of the black hole merger itself.
'Health risk' legacy from Neanderthals [Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:56:16 GMT]
Scientists find a wide range of ailments are strongly influenced by our Neanderthal heritage.
'Ripples' from black holes detected [Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:32:21 GMT]
For the first time, scientists detect tiny, rhythmic distortions in space and time - gravitational waves - predicted by Einstein 100 years ago.
Record year for river fish releases [Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:37:52 GMT]
Almost two million captive-bred fish and larvae were released in 2015 to boost populations in England's rivers, says the Environment Agency.
Toxic chemicals found in beached whales [Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:00:24 GMT]
A pod of whales stranded in Fife in 2012 are found to have had high concentrations of toxic chemicals in their bodies, scientists find.
Court halts Obama's key climate plan [Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:16:06 GMT]
President Obama's plans to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide from US power plants are stalled by the Supreme Court.
Climate change 'to make flights longer' [Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:29:53 GMT]
Flights from the UK to the US could take longer due to the changes in the climate, according to a new study.
Horses recognise human emotions [Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:14:57 GMT]
Horses discriminate between happy and angry human facial expressions, according to research.
Legal breakthrough for Google car [Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:11:18 GMT]
Google's self-driving technology should be considered a legal driver, the US highways authority says.
Bacteria 'see' like tiny eyeballs [Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:59:56 GMT]
Biologists discover how bacteria sense light and move towards it: the entire single-cell organism focuses light like a tiny eyeball.