You Should Be Able To Sell Your Product! Elon Musk and Tesla!

Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla Motors is facing a court battle in New York because there’s a lot of New York based local car dealerships that want to stop him from selling his electric cars through direct sales. Now, I think this is completely crazy and anti-competitive! It does not make a lot of sense to me! If a car company chooses to sell directly to their own customers, then let them! The local dealerships feel like they’re being cut out of the equation, which is a loss to them and their sales…. however, these car dealerships are NOT Tesla dealerships, and they would not have been selling Telsa Motors cars anyway! They are other car dealerships that don’t have anything to do with Tesla! Therefore, it makes no sense that they’re trying to stop a car company that has never sold cars in New York before from selling it’s cars directly to customers! I hope that Tesla Motors will win this particular lawsuit, and we will see if this anti-competitive activity will continue! If Elon Musk, and Tesla Motors want to bring their own dealerships, and showrooms, and other means of sales into any particular state, then they should have the ability to do so, in my opinion!

It was also announced today that Tesla Motors has come out with “quickchange battery stations” for their Tesla cars, that basically would allow you to swap out batteries in your electric car as quickly as it takes to fill the gas tank in your current vehicle. You do have to reuse those batteries… if you leave them then you would lose the value of the battery, and if you have to buy a whole new battery, from the place that does the swapping of batteries then it would cost a lot more than just the energy, obviously! So, they’re working out those particular kinks, but they have an automated robotic “quickchange method” to do it that looks interesting… it’s very similar to a company based out of Israel that had a similar vision; but that company declared bankruptcy and went under because electric cars didn’t catch on, however, Tesla Motors is doing quite well in selling cars, and a much higher rate than the industry thought they would! They’re turning out to be very popular!

A Portable Raspberry Pi by Ben Heck!

Learn to Build a Portable Raspberry Pi (Part 1)

Learn to Build a Portable Raspberry Pi (Part 2)

I want to share with you one of my favorite podcasts! It’s absolutely awesome for the geek in all of us, and that would be “The Ben Heck Show!” Ben Heckendorn’s “Ben Heck Show” is awesome! And, I can definitely appreciate the fact that he abbreviates his last name to “Heck”… it does make for an interesting show name! But, at any rate, this show is awesome! This particular set of shows: Part One and Part Two… I wanted to share with you because it shows how he is has taken the Raspberry Pi and he’s turned it into a small, handheld portable… which is right down my alley since also do the netcast called the “Hand Held Hack!” So check it out! I’m also cross posting it over on the “Hand Held Hack” website, and I think it’s going to be an awesome show for you to see so that you will see what’s possible with some of the tools that Ben has!

The New Steve Jobs Movie Trailer is Out!

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So, the new trailer is out for the Steve Jobs biographical movie that’s just called “Jobs,” and I have a link to the YouTube video right above this article. I have mixed feelings about the movie; I think it’s possibly going to be good. And, what little I’ve seen, based on the trailer, seems to indicate that Ashton Kutcher may actually get to act, which is unusual in and of itself! But, I will withhold judgment on it until after it comes out. I don’t know if I’ll see at the theater; I may wait and watch it on Bluray, or on Netflix, that will depend on my state of mind when it comes out, but it does look interesting!

Dr. Bill.TV #295 – Video – “The Opinionated Geek Edition”

Microsoft ‘Windows Stores’ in Best Buys, genes can’t be patented, Dr. Bill’s pre-review of ‘The Man of Steel.’ Pandora buys a radio station; is the new Mac Pro a pro? Win a BoxeeTv from Dr. Bill, GSotW: Lupo PenSuite. Video encoding presets for the Roku.

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

Blubrry Network

Lupo PenSuite (v2013.04)


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

(Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your “format of choice”)
Streaming M4V Audio





Streaming MP3 Audio

Streaming Ogg Audio

Download M4V Download WebM Download MP3 Download Ogg
(Right-Click on any link above, and select “Save As…” to save the Netcast on your PC.)

Available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/zLLPRCW3Zys

Available on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/68474621


Dr. Bill.TV #295 – Audio – “The Opinionated Geek Edition”

Microsoft ‘Windows Stores’ in Best Buys, genes can’t be patented, Dr. Bill’s pre-review of ‘The Man of Steel.’ Pandora buys a radio station; is the new Mac Pro a pro? Win a BoxeeTv from Dr. Bill, GSotW: Lupo PenSuite. Video encoding presets for the Roku.

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

Blubrry Network

Lupo PenSuite (v2013.04)


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

(Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your “format of choice”)
Streaming M4V Audio





Streaming MP3 Audio

Streaming Ogg Audio

Download M4V Download WebM Download MP3 Download Ogg
(Right-Click on any link above, and select “Save As…” to save the Netcast on your PC.)

Available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/zLLPRCW3Zys

Available on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/68474621


Video Encoding for the Roku

Do you use Handbrake? Do you code video for the Roku, even Plex on the Roku? Well, here you go! Presets for Handbrake that are highly optimized for your Roku!

Rokoding – Video Encoding for the Roku!

“With the release of Handbrake 0.9.9, I give you the much requested Rokoding Preset Pack. This is a set of six presets you can load into Handbrake and use to encode your video for the Roku. The presets utilize the new ‘Optimize Video’ options introduced in Handbrake 0.9.9. I tested them for a few months and I feel they produce better results than my witten instructions for past versions of Handbrake. I will be updating the written instructions over the next few weeks to reflect the new presets and add instructions for PGS subs.”

Geek Software of the Week: Lupo PenSuite (v2013.04)

How about a whole suite of free software this week?!

Lupo PenSuite (v2013.04)

“The free collection of portable software for everyone!

Lupo PenSuite is a completely free suite of portable programs and games. This Suite is designed to simplify the user’s life, by collecting the best suites and portable applications available on the Web.

Optimized to be loaded on a USB flash drive and brought always with you, this Suite works perfectly well on any other device. It includes over 160 highly selected portable programs and games (7-Zip, Audacity, CCleaner, eMule, FileZilla, Firefox, GIMP, Instantbird, IrfanView, Notepad++, Opera, SumatraPDF, Thunderbird, ĀµTorrent, VLC and many more).

You can also easily customize your suite adding portable apps from our broad software database. All you need in one package.

  • all-in-one for every needs
  • completely free and portable
  • translated in 28 languages
  • no spyware, adware or viruses
  • easy to use and to personalize
  • over 160 programs and games included
  • thousands of programs and games available”

Our 300th Episode Contest!

Boxee TVSo, as you may, or may not, have realized, the Dr. Bill.TV netcast is coming up on it’s 300th episode! How cool is that? So, as usual for these big events, we have a new contest! Drumroll please! This new contest will be for a brand-new, in the box, shrink-wrapped, BoxeeTV! Yes, you heard that right, you can have your very own, free BoxeeTV by winning this contest! And, sadly, Phred cannot enter, as an employee of Dr. Bill Bailey.NET. But then, neither can I! So, there you go.

And now, you may ask, how do I enter? It’s simple. All you have to do is send an e-mail with the subject line “Dr. Bill contest,” now remember, an e-mail to this address: DrBill@Dr.BillBailey.NET with the subject line: “Dr. Bill contest.” That will enter you into the drawing. There’s no need to send multiple e-mails. One e-mail will do.

So, send those e-mails in and tell your friends, “You can win a BoxeeTV from Dr. Bill!” And, be sure tune in for the 300th episode to find out who wins!

My “Take” on the New Mac Pro

Mac ProSo, this week we also had WWDC, an Apple event, in which they introduced a lot of new Apple-y things like a new version of iOS, and the new MacBook Air. But perhaps the most controversial introduction was the new Mac Pro… It is small. Very small. And, not very expandable in the normal sense of the word. In fact, it looks like a black, rounded off, 9 inch tall trashcan! Not exactly what the Apple fan boys wanted to see!

In fact, many have said, that the new Mac Pro doesn’t lend itself to being “professional at all.” If you want to add additional hard drives you have to do it with the new Thunderbolt 2 ports, externally. You can’t add it internally because there’s just no room in a 9 inch tall trashcan. Hello, Apple? What were you thinking here? Oh okay, it looks cool, and I like that, and, I like the way the memory clicks in on the sides once you lift up the outer shell of the trashcan. Oh, and, it has a cool handle that you can carry it with. But, the old Mac Pro was large, heavy, and very, very expandable. Pretty much what you would expect to find in a “professional workstation.” Some have even said that this new Mac Pro was really designed for the “prosumer” market and not for the professional market. We’ll see how it sells, but I wouldn’t hold my breath. (Other than the fact that it does look really cool.)

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