Joe Porletto

Joe became a Maker at the age of ten after piecing together a Sinclair ZX80 that his grandfather had given him. The bug bit him hard and he’s been tinkering, building, deconstructing and generally creating gadgetry mayhem ever since. Joe lives in Seattle with Addy, his rescue pitty, and Chino, his blind kitty.

Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3NXC review

REVIEW – I work for a software company that is obsessed with security. The training sessions, emails, and reminders are endless, and with very good reason. Security, particularly the cyber variety, is a huge headache for everyone from national governments all the way down to corner bodegas and regular people like me. According to a …

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GameSir X2 Type-C Mobile Gaming Controller review

REVIEW – During this global pandemic everyone is slowly making their way through, video games have offered many a welcomed respite from the daily challenges they’re facing. Gaming subscriptions and purchases are on the rise compared to the same period pre-pandemic and this influx of interest and dollars is helping drive a lot of innovation, …

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JLAB Audio Talk USB Microphone review

REVIEW – Since a good portion of the country’s workforce has shifted into a work-from-home scenario, tools that make working from home a little easier have been in great demand. My personal work-from-home setup was severely lacking in the audio department. Constantly having to don a headset for all of the neverending video and audio …

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Acumen XR10 Digital Rearview Mirror review

REVIEW – As dashcams become more popular and affordable, manufacturers are always looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. Device manufacturer Acumen took a novel approach to the problem by mating a dashcam with a rearview camera and using your car’s standard rearview mirror as a mount for the screen. Even though installation …

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70mai Tire Pressure Monitoring System Lite review

REVIEW – New automobiles feature some amazing options these days, from HUDs to self-parking to heated seats. Most of these options are add-ons, but a good majority of them are included as standard, even with base models. As automotive technology gets more advanced, third party manufacturers look for ways to make some of these cooler …

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KIWI design’s V2 – VR Cable Management review

REVIEW – With new technology comes new problems. The technology, in this case, is Virtual Reality and the problem is cables. Most high-end VR systems involve some type of cabling connecting back to a PC or game unit. At times, those cables can interfere with the immersive nature of VR, tangling or tripping up the …

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ANYCUBIC Photon UV LCD SLA 3D Printer review

REVIEW – The ANYCUBIC Photon UV LCD SLA 3D Printer is a serviceable, affordable entry into the crowded field of consumer 3D printers. Most people envision the standard for 3D printers to be FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) printers, which work by melting filament through a tiny nozzle. The ANYCUBIC Photon UV is an SLA (Stereolithography) …

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New York Comic Con 2019 trip report

ARTICLE – It’s October everyone! Along with pumpkin spiced everything and Halloween preparations, October means that once again I attended the New York Comic Con held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. NYCC is one of the biggest pop culture conventions in the world and my absolute favorite place to …

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HiBoost 4K Plus Cell Phone Signal Booster review

REVIEW – If you live in an area where there are cellular “dead zones” or the construction of your home or business makes cell reception difficult, it can be frustrating to not be able to use your cell phone to its full potential. Fortunately, if you have at least some signal reaching your location, a …

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Zendure SuperTank Portable Charger review

REVIEW – It’s a problem all gadget-loving folk deal with, the more gadgets you have, the more power you need. The solution, of course, is to buy yet another gadget, one that can supply power to all of those hungry devices, large and small. But, portable power supplies by their nature are quite limiting. The …

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