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...


Pirate Bay founder faces jail term [Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:52:50 GMT]
Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg could face a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty of hacking into Danish computers.
Big firms 'must condemn GamerGate' [Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:59:47 GMT]
Games publishers must "stand-up and condemn" the movement referred to as "GamerGate", says a developer forced to leave her home due to threats.
Hungary shelves toxic internet tax [Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:08:38 GMT]
Hungary shelves a proposed tax on internet data traffic after tens of thousands of Hungarians marched against it.
Apple chief: 'I'm proud to be gay' [Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:24:03 GMT]
Apple chief executive Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged his sexuality, saying he wants to try to help people struggling with their identity.
Microsoft unveils fitness band [Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:48:23 GMT]
Microsoft unveils a wearable device that can track a user's sleep and exercise as well connect to a fitness tracking service on smartphones.
Data retention bill introduced [Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:57:21 GMT]
Data about phone and computer use will be kept by telecommunications companies for two years if a bill introduced to the Australian parliament is passed.
Lenovo completes Motorola takeover [Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:34:40 GMT]
Lenovo completes a $2.9bn takeover of Google's Motorola handset division, which it says makes it the third biggest smartphone maker.
Speed boost for 4G in some cities [Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:56:46 GMT]
Two of the UK's mobile operators are turning on technology that boosts mobile speeds in a few UK cities.
Android smartwatch 'runs for a week' [Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:18:46 GMT]
New Android-powered smartwatches should last for a week or longer between charges thanks to their use of both e-ink and LCD screens.
Drones buzz French nuclear plants [Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:45:15 GMT]
An investigation begins after France's state-owned EDF power company says unidentified drones have flown over seven of its nuclear plants.


Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets' [Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:00:27 GMT]
A skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.
WW2 technology 'Plan B' for GPS [Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:10:37 GMT]
Technology developed during World War Two is to be used as a back-up for GPS in ports across England and Scotland.
IPCC debates 'most important' report [Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:34:14 GMT]
Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming.
Low oxygen 'delayed life on Earth' [Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:04:03 GMT]
Animals took so long to evolve and thrive on Earth because of incredibly low levels of oxygen during a period more than a billion years ago, scientists say.
Rocket makers probe US explosion [Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:27:46 GMT]
The builders of an unmanned supply rocket which exploded on the way to the International Space Station have vowed to find the cause of the failure.
New species of frog in urban jungle [Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:36:06 GMT]
Scientists confirm that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species.
Koala chlamydia vaccine raises hope [Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:59:34 GMT]
Australian scientists say they have successfully tested a vaccine aimed at protecting wild koalas from chlamydia.
Key to sounding charismatic revealed [Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:09:15 GMT]
An innate ability some people have to manipulate their vocal frequency could be the key to sounding charismatic, according to new research.
Salt destroying fertile land - UN [Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:05:28 GMT]
About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.
Giant tortoise 'miraculous' recovery [Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:16:16 GMT]
A new study confirms that giant tortoise numbers on one of the Galapagos Islands have bounced back thanks to captive breeding.

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.