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

Cloudflare bug data leak exposed [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:55:08 GMT]
Private messages from dating platforms are among the data leaked on to websites
Apple checking 'exploding' iPhone video [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:43:45 GMT]
A video of a smoking iPhone 7 Plus has gone viral on Twitter - Apple is investigating.
Oculus facing legal ban on VR code used in its products [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:52:01 GMT]
ZeniMax, which won a copyright dispute against Oculus, wants a judge to ban the firm from using its code.
Ad blocker Shine rebrands as ad platform [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:40:39 GMT]
A firm that offered ad blocking will now offer ads, in a case of poacher turned gamekeeper.
Amazon resists Echo murder evidence call [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:23:54 GMT]
Amazon issues formal legal response to requests to hand over information from its smart speaker Echo.
India police arrest 'world's cheapest smartphone' firm boss [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:59:23 GMT]
A distribution company says many of the 251 Freedom handsets it paid for have not been delivered.
Genghis Khan: Could satellites help find his tomb? [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:30:54 GMT]
How satellite images shared via the cloud are helping us discover more about the earth.
Router hacker suspect arrested at Luton Airport [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:53:39 GMT]
The "mastermind" behind a massive 2016 attack may face sabotage charges in Germany.
Russian military admits significant cyber-war effort [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:04:28 GMT]
Country's defence minister admits the presence of a powerful military team focused on controlling information.
Fitness data and photos help expose race cheat [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:28:39 GMT]
The runner missed out more than a mile of the Fort Lauderdale race to clock a fast time

Science

New UN climate chief: 'Action on warming unstoppable' [Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:08:12 GMT]
The UN’s new climate chief says she is confident, despite concerns about President Trump's policies.
'Good vibration' hand pumps boost Africa's water security [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:52:36 GMT]
The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa.
Minister to enshrine protection for research independence [Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:28:07 GMT]
The government is to enshrine into law the idea that there should be no political interference in research funding.
Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:47:43 GMT]
A new report says that using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a highly flawed policy.
Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record [Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:00:12 GMT]
Astronomers have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star - a record number.
'Magical thinking' on Heathrow expansion [Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:15:14 GMT]
A third runway at Heathrow can only be justified if it does not breach climate change laws, MPs say.
Plane flies along Antarctica's giant Larsen crack [Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:46:33 GMT]
New video is released of the Antarctic ice crack that promises to produce a giant berg.
Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution [Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:18:14 GMT]
Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", a conservationist group warns.
Meet the frog that can sit on a thumbnail [Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:19:31 GMT]
Seven new species of night frog have been discovered in India, including four miniature forms.
Thousands of spills at US oil and gas fracking sites [Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:03:15 GMT]
Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids each year, according to new data.

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