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.

Focusrite Vocaster Two Studio Podcasting Kit review – Podcasting made easy!

REVIEW – Even though podcasts have been around for over twenty years now it seems that there’s been an explosion in their popularity since the pandemic. Celebrities and civilians alike used their downtime to take to the microphone on subjects ranging from true crime to zombies and all stops in between. Part of the appeal …

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Redkey P8 Cordless Stick Vacuum review – Maximum power in compact form!

REVIEW – Spending more time at home due to my new(ish) hybrid work schedule has had a few interesting repercussions. One of which is how often my small apartment requires cleaning now. It seems I am constantly tidying up, washing dishes, and vacuuming. Having a powerful, compact vacuum makes at least one part of these …

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TwoTrees TS2 10W Diode Laser Engraver review – A powerful auto-focusing laser makes this unit great for newbies!

REVIEW – While 3D printers have gotten more popular as prices have come down and the technology has advanced I haven’t seen quite the same rise in the popularity of laser engravers. As more affordable and versatile engravers hit the market though their popularity might be catching up to that of their 3D printing cousins. …

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Petoi Bittle Open Source Robot Dog review – Build and program your own four-legged-friend!

REVIEW – If you’ve ever seen those test videos of Spot, the robot “dog” created by Boston Dynamics, you know how equally exciting and terrifying the idea of a robot dog actually is. It’s cute to watch Spot prance around and right itself after an annoying human tries to knock it over, but it all …

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Epson EcoTank ET-2400 Wireless Color Supertank Printer review – Never buy ink cartridges again!

REVIEW – A good printer is a standard part of most home offices. Having worked as a print professional for years though, I’ve never owned my own printer. Why spend money on a printer at home when I’ve always had access to cutting-edge printers at work? Well, now that I work in technology I’ve finally …

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Nocs Provisions Standard Issue Waterproof Binoculars and Photo Rig review – Powerful optics in a compact rugged form!

REVIEW – The amount of what I consider necessary gear to pack on my adventures has slowly grown over the years to the point where I now need to thin out my kit just to save the strain on my back. Currently on the cutting block are my Emerson 7×50 Binoculars. They weigh over 2lbs, …

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Creality Ender 3 Max Neo 3D printer review – Max out your 3D prints with this powerful large format printer!

REVIEW – After getting bit by the 3D printing bug a few years back the desire to print larger, more complex items quickly followed. Unfortunately, the price of large format 3D printers runs pretty high, with some models costing well into the thousands. But, since I’m only interested in printing items slightly larger than possible …

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Geneverse Solar Generator HomePower ONE PRO review – Reliable app-controlled backup power from the Sun!

REVIEW – As summer comes to a close and the days get shorter it’s time for me to gather and clean all of my outdoor gear and store it for next season. Usually, as I put my gear back into storage I do quick assessments of things I need to replace or upgrade. One item …

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Annke WX810 4K Ultra HD Webcam review – Sleek design and 4K clarity for your WFH needs!

REVIEW – Splitting time between home and workplace offices has created a number of new challenges for workers these days. One issue is making sure you have the best equipment to do your job available in both locations. For me, this means completely duplicating my technical setup. Webcams are something I usually don’t put a …

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Coolife HAPIMP NV3180 Night Vision Binoculars review – Never be afraid of the dark again!

REVIEW – For people living their best outdoors lives knowing what’s going bump in the night is a valuable asset. Whether it’s protecting your food from sneaky nocturnal thieves or being able to observe night-loving wildlife, seeing in the dark is pretty useful. The Coolife HAPIMP NV3180 Night Vision Binoculars are an affordable way to …

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Midland MXT500 MicroMobile Two-Way Radio review

REVIEW – Heading out into the great outdoors during the summer can be a lot of fun especially with a large group of friends. One important consideration though is making sure everyone can communicate when venturing to where cell signals are rare. The advent of inexpensive two-way radios has made staying in touch when on …

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Levana Oma Sense Baby Movement Monitor review – Sleep like a baby knowing your baby is too!

REVIEW – New parents have so much to worry about these days, from getting proper formula to deciding on whether or not to get their baby vaccinated against COVID-19. Along with these new concerns come old standbys like is that rash normal, why hasn’t he/she pooped today, and is the baby sleeping safely? Technology might …

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ClicBot Standard Robotics Kit review – This might be the droid you’re looking for!

REVIEW – Along with flying cars, the promises of the future almost always include some type of robot companion. From C-3PO and R2-D2 to Johnny 5 and V.I.N.CENT, all the way back to Maria from Metropolis, robots are always depicted as a ubiquitous part of our daily future lives. Yet, here I am in 2022 …

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