Welcome to Argalax

Hi

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...

Technology

Facebook overhauls Trending feature after bias claims [Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:41:58 GMT]
Social media giant Facebook makes its Trending feature more automated after criticism it was biased against conservative views.
Uber suspends services in Abu Dhabi [Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:55:46 GMT]
Taxi-hailing service Uber and rival Careem suspend their services in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, as drivers are reportedly arrested.
'First Apple computer' sells for $815,000 [Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:10:09 GMT]
A prototype Apple 1, a holy-grail item in electronics memorabilia, has sold for $815,000 (£618,000) in an online auction.
Hundreds of Pokemon Go incidents logged by police [Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:37:43 GMT]
Pokemon Go players have been involved in hundreds of police incidents since the gaming app phenomenon launched, the BBC learns.
Russian MP's son convicted of hacking scheme [Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:55:58 GMT]
Russian Roman Seleznev has been found guilty in the US of running a hacking scheme that stole $169m (£131m).
US authorities investigate cyber-attack against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones [Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:23:30 GMT]
The Department of Homeland Security says it's looking into a cyber-attack on Leslie Jones' website and iCloud account.
WhatsApp users to receive adverts [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:10:09 GMT]
WhatsApp changes its privacy policy so that businesses can send messages to people using the service.
HP laptop blocks over-shoulder snooping [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:20:57 GMT]
Computer firm Hewlett-Packard has developed two new laptops that feature an optional privacy mode that obscures the screen unless viewed face-on.
Lawnmower prompts Northern Lights alert [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:23:41 GMT]
A lawnmower has been blamed for wrongly triggering sensors that predict when the Northern Lights will be visible in the UK.
McDonald's fitness bands recalled after skin-burn complaints [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:22:34 GMT]
McDonald's is recalling millions of fitness wristbands that it bundled with Happy Meals after customers complained of skin irritation and burns.

Science

Wood fuel plan to cut plane CO2 branded as 'pipe dream' [Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:24:55 GMT]
Proponents say new, greener jet fuels made from waste wood could significantly reduce airline CO2 emissions but environmentalists say it's a "pipe dream".
EU's Sentinel satellites dissect Italian quake [Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:06:34 GMT]
Europe’s Sentinel radar satellites map Italy's Apennine mountains, revealing the scale of ground movement in Wednesday's big earthquake.
North Atlantic 'weather bomb' tremor measured in Japan [Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:14:46 GMT]
Researchers track a particular type of tiny vibration for the first time, as it wobbles through the Earth from the Atlantic to Japan.
Nasa ends year-long Mars simulation on Hawaii [Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:14:01 GMT]
A team of six people complete a Nasa-funded Mars simulation in Hawaii, after living in a dome in near isolation for a year.
Juno probe makes close pass of Jupiter [Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:31:00 GMT]
The US space agency’s Juno probe makes its first close approach to Jupiter since going into orbit in July.
Extinct 'lion' named after Attenborough [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:40:42 GMT]
A tiny marsupial lion, extinct for at least 18 million years, is named after Sir David Attenborough after fossilised remains are found in remote Australia.
Surface water shifting around the Earth [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:24:59 GMT]
Scientists have used satellite images to study how the water on the Earth's surface has changed over the last 30 years.
World's largest marine reserve created off Hawaii [Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:28:17 GMT]
US President Barack Obama expands a national monument off Hawaii, creating the world's largest marine reserve.
Pneumatic octopus is first soft, solo robot [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:27:50 GMT]
Engineers in the US have built the first self-contained, entirely soft robot - in the shape of a 7cm octopus.
Rare dodo skeleton to be auctioned in West Sussex [Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:00:52 GMT]
The first almost complete skeleton of a dodo to come up for sale in nearly 100 years is expected to fetch a six-figure sum at auction.

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