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...
TechnologyMt Gox wins US bankruptcy protection [Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:57:05 GMT]
Mt Gox, the troubled Japanese bitcoin exchange, wins bankruptcy protection to temporarily halt US legal action alleging fraud.
eBay cuts chief exec's pay in half [Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:02:05 GMT]
E-commerce giant eBay cuts the total compensation of its chief executive, John Donahoe, by more than half.
Snowden warns of web's 'dark arts' [Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:41:10 GMT]
US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden portrays a bleak future for the internet as he speaks via video link to the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
Google: Android for wearables coming [Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:37:14 GMT]
Google will release a software development kit later this month for developers to create smart wearable devices using its Android operating system.
Hackers steal data from MtGox boss [Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:16:25 GMT]
Hackers have taken over the web accounts of the boss of troubled Bitcoin exchange MtGox and published data they found.
Trust in the internet 'now missing' [Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:58:18 GMT]
European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes says that for billions of people around the world trust in the internet is "now missing".
Facebook's WhatsApp purchase opposed [Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:48:36 GMT]
Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp - one of the biggest ever tech acquisitions - runs into trouble over privacy concerns.
New mobile payment plan gathers pace [Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:44:23 GMT]
The banking industry's new mobile phone payments system will be launched later this year, says the Payments Council.
Samsung launches free music streaming [Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:25:14 GMT]
The world's biggest smartphone maker, Samsung, launches a free music streaming service called Milk Music.
'Bitcoin creator' denies involvement [Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:45:05 GMT]
The man singled out by a magazine as being behind the virtual currency denies any involvement.
ScienceTransatlantic great white 'pregnant' [Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:37:08 GMT]
The first great white shark seen to cross the Atlantic may be pregnant, the head of the expedition tracking it says.
Elephants recognise human voices [Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:40:14 GMT]
Elephants are able to work out ethnicity, gender and age from the sound of a human voice, according to a study.
UK joins 'super-microscope' project [Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:00:24 GMT]
The UK government is to allocate up to ÂŁ185m on three international science projects.
Lochhead to make Dounreay statement [Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:55:35 GMT]
The Scottish environment secretary is to make a statement to MSPs about a radiation problem at a nuclear test reactor in the Highlands.
Skull fragments reveal new crocodile [Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:13:42 GMT]
Two fossilised fragments from a crocodile skull found on the Isle of Wight indicate the discovery of a new species, researchers say.
'Withdraw' major stem cell findings [Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:40:51 GMT]
A Japanese scientist behind a seemingly groundbreaking stem cell study says the findings should be withdrawn amid doubts over its quality.
New threat to ozone layer identified [Sun, 09 Mar 2014 18:09:01 GMT]
Scientists identify four new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer.
App set to map the oceans' plankton [Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:51:26 GMT]
A study calls on the worldâ€™s sailors and seafarers to help map the oceansâ€™ phytoplankton, microscopic plants that form the bedrock of marine food chains.
Great Walls 'could stop tornadoes' [Sat, 08 Mar 2014 03:27:49 GMT]
Building gigantic walls across the US could protect Tornado Alley "forever", a physicist says, though critics say the idea is unworkable.
Tree storm damage 'worst since 1987' [Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:52:48 GMT]
This winter's extreme winds caused the biggest loss of trees in in more than 20 years, according to the National Trust.
App DevelopmentIT 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.