Michael Bastos Online Writings and Resume

Battling Code Illiteracy

I’ve been thinking a lot about this and it concerns me when I hear people talk about code as if it were some magical craft that only the smartest of the smart can understand and the rest of the population need only use the tools provided by these wonderkin. I have a different take on programming, I feel that not being able to read and understand code is the digital equivalent today of not being able to read German at the creation of the printing press. Think about it, before Gutenberg creat...

Your kid should not want to be a Pastor, not yet

I’m not a pastor and never want to be, I don’t believe it’s a profession you can choose and thus I stay far and clear from anything having to do with seminary even though I grew up in church all of my life. Some of the best pastors I know today came out of the world, this may be hard for many to believe but many of them got saved later on in life as adults which says a lot about the calling of God on an individual. They have a real story, a real testimony that doesn’t involve being the nice ...

The True Impact of 3D Technology

3D Printing is a technology that is still in its Hacker Garage/Basement Phase (A term given in tech when the best of something is still being made by the amateurs) and is still far away from becoming mainstream. However, when the technology does come to fruition, it will have tons to offer The science behind a 3D printer is simple. You make a design on a computer of anything whether it’s a gun or a toy and the software you use determines the different layers needed to design and build someth...

Facial Recognition Failed to Find Boston Bombers

During the now-infamous hunt for the Boston Marathon Tragedy suspects, the Boston Police Commissioner stated that the technology provided to them by some of the biggest vendors in the world failed to recognize the bombers – even with their faces having been stored in all of the official databases necessary for the software to work. Facial Recognition Software companies make millions selling their software to state and federal agencies in the promise that in such an event as this, their tools...

Canonical needs Ubuntu Phone & TV installers

As many of you know, I have been an exclusive Ubuntu Desktop user for the last 3 years, I do a lot of hardcore development and it’s one of the best operating systems outside of MacOS to do that sort of thing. I’m a huge Ubuntu fan boy from wearing the t-shirts to taking their laptop case everywhere with me. What got me involved with Ubuntu was it’s ease of installation which pales in comparison to what it was like for me in the early days of linux trying to get red hat working on my computers...