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.

Bolton Velocity Off-Road Vehicle Cellular Signal Booster review – Reach out and touch someone from the middle of nowhere!

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REVIEW – The further I travel from civilization on my solo Overlanding adventures, the more I realize the importance of staying connected. It turns out though, remote places with beautiful scenic views often don’t get reliable cell service. Luckily, I was offered the chance to review a cell signal booster specifically designed for the Offroading/Overlanding […]

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EcoFlow Glacier 3-in-1 portable refrigerator review – Keep things ice-cold on the go!

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REVIEW – As camping season approaches, I’ve been looking for ways to stay out in the wilderness a bit longer. So, I’m dipping my toes into yet another expensive hobby, overlanding. Overlanding is all about exploring remote and rugged areas using off-road vehicles for extended periods of time. To that end, I’ve been researching portable

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XULU XR1 Max Mini PC Launches on Kickstarter – A Compact Computing Powerhouse!

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CROWDFUNDING NEWS –  It seems like large, over-the-top PC builds are all the rage today. But, for every neon-lit, liquid-cooled, monster tower computer, there’s a PC building enthusiast running out of desk space. For those of us looking to save some room on our desktops, the XULU XR1 Max Mini PC is making its debut

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Autonomous ErgoChair Pro office chair review – Work from home in style and supportive comfort!

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REVIEW – Hybrid work has its perks, like sharing a workspace with my pup and attending meetings in comfy pajama pants. However, when it comes to having the best equipment to do my job, my tiny home office pales in comparison to what’s available on my employer’s sprawling tech campus. One thing I definitely miss

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Elephant Robotics myCobot 280 Robotic Arm review – A cool robotic arm that costs an arm (and a leg)!

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REVIEW – In my ongoing quest for a robotic companion to reside on my desk, I have found few worthy contenders. While the ClicBot (reviewed in June 2022) and the Petoi Bittle (reviewed in November 2022) came close, neither of them quite fit the bill. Taking my search to the next level, I have been

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Able Carry Daily Plus Backpack review – Style meets durability in a great everyday pack!

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REVIEW – Ever since I bought my GORUCK GR1 in 2015, I haven’t looked twice at another backpack, at least not until I picked up a GORUCK Bullet seven years later. Between those two sturdy GORUCKs, I never thought I would need or want another pack. However, after some time with the Able Carry Daily

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Gerber Bushcraft Hatchet review – How much wood could this wood-chopper chop?

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REVIEW – With spring fast approaching it’ll soon be time to break out the camping gear and head for the great outdoors. While I’ve gravitated towards “glamping” in recent years, I still enjoy roughing it on occasion. Since a good fire is essential to the experience I’m always on the lookout for tools that make

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Road Angel Halo Pro Dashcam review – Keep 2K Eyes on the Road!

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REVIEW – Having just invested way too much money in a new vehicle, I am a bit anxious about any harm coming to it. To help alleviate my anxiety, I started looking for a dashcam that could record what happens while I am on the road but also remain unobtrusive and protect my precious gas

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Xinfrared T2 Pro Thermal Monocular review – See what’s hot and what’s not!

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REVIEW – Whether you’re tracking game in the woods, scouting hotspots in a building, or pretending to be the Predator stalking your dog in your tiny apartment, seeing in the dark is pretty cool. While advanced thermal imaging devices can cost thousands of dollars, you can enjoy Predator Vision for a lot less if you’re

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Fiido T1 Pro Utility Electric Bike review – Get your (electric) motor running!

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REVIEW – With gas prices constantly in flux and a recession looming in the background it’s wise to start considering alternative modes of transportation. While all the coolest electric cars remain well out of my price range the newest crop of electric bikes is becoming increasingly attractive. Boasting improved power and range compared to previous

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GL-iNET Beryl AX GL-MT3000 Travel Router review – Stay cyber safe with this powerful device!

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REVIEW – Security, both physical and cyber, is always top of mind for me when traveling. This is primarily because I am a paranoid New Yorker but also due to the fact that I work for a software company that is laser focused on cybersecurity. At this point in time, it’s no longer a question

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VisionTek VT2900 USB-C Dual System KVM Docking Station review

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REVIEW – Working from home often means managing more than one computer. Since my home office is a bit small and my desk only has room for one large monitor, I need to maximize space whenever possible. Being able to run multiple computers on my one large monitor makes everything a lot easier and that’s

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

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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!

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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!

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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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