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

Payout of $10,000 for Windows 10 update [Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:08:50 GMT]
Microsoft agrees to pay a California woman $10,000 (£7,500) after an automatic Windows 10 update leaves her computer unusable.
EU referendum petition hijacked by bots [Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:48:05 GMT]
An online petition calling for a second EU referendum has been hijacked by automated bots adding false signatures.
Snowden: Russian data collection plans 'dangerous' [Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:30:35 GMT]
US whistleblower Edward Snowden has criticised new anti-terrorism legislation approved by Russia's parliament.
Oculus lifts headset game restrictions [Mon, 27 Jun 2016 10:25:15 GMT]
Virtual reality pioneer Oculus has removed software locks that stopped people playing games made for its headset on rival devices.
US Healthcare records offered for sale online [Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:30:47 GMT]
Three US healthcare organisations are reportedly being held to ransom by a hacker who stole data on hundreds of thousands of patients.
Privacy Shield: White House makes EU spying promise [Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:12:32 GMT]
The EU and US agree final changes to a new data protection agreement known as the EU-US Privacy Shield.
Brexit: 'Surge' in searches on Irish passports, says Google [Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:55:33 GMT]
Google says there was a large spike in searches for Irish passport applications as news of the UK's decision to leave the EU broke.
Brexit: UK tech sector reacts to Leave vote [Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:48:49 GMT]
Now the UK has decided to leave the European Union, technology firms are left to wonder what the future holds.
Uber to 'hide' surge pricing notifications [Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:57:02 GMT]
Uber is to hide surge pricing notifications for more users to make its app less "complicated".
Fans angry over 'missing' iPhone 7 headphone socket [Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:56:40 GMT]
The iPhone 7 is not due to be revealed until the autumn, but already fans are angry over rumours it may be missing a key feature.

Science

EU referendum: UK science wakes up to new future [Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:15:14 GMT]
UK science must fight to make sure it is not an after-thought as Britain renegotiates its relationship with the EU, say research leaders.
Solar Impulse completes Atlantic crossing with landing in Seville [Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:11:57 GMT]
The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, lands in the southern Spanish city of Seville to complete its historic Atlantic crossing.
Scientists hungry to deliver food system paradigm shift [Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:02:48 GMT]
Eight universities across northern England join forces to form a scientific powerhouse at the launch of a five-year, £16m global food research programme.
Buenos Aires to shut scandal-prone zoo [Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:34:47 GMT]
The mayor of Buenos Aires announces his administration has taken over the running of the city's zoo after a series of scandals.
Rise of border fences hampers wildlife movements [Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:50:06 GMT]
The growth of border fences in Central and Eastern Europe in recent years is a "major threat" to wildlife, according to a new study.
Diesels more polluting below 18C, research suggests [Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:00:07 GMT]
Pollution from many popular diesel cars is much worse when it is colder than 18C outside, new research suggests.
Warmer winters play important role in EU emissions drop [Tue, 21 Jun 2016 23:58:16 GMT]
Milder winters have contributed to a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions across the EU over the past quarter of a century.
Peake: 'I would return to space in a heartbeat' [Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:36:05 GMT]
Tim Peake says he would go back into space "in a heartbeat" after his six-month mission to the space station.
Iceland's fishing industry 'better off outside' EU [Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:04:15 GMT]
Iceland's fishing minister says the country would "never join the European Union" because the industry is thriving outside the bloc.
New crop varieties 'can't keep up with global warming' [Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:33:55 GMT]
Temperatures around the world are rising faster than scientists can develop varieties that can cope with a warmer world, according to a new study.

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