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.

Donner DBA-1 15W Bass Guitar Amplifier review – Big sound in a little package

REVIEW – One of the many hobbies I picked up during my pandemic downtime is the bass guitar. I’ve played guitar since I was a kid but was always a bit intimidated by the bass. Having been in the same band for about twenty years now (insert shameless Spotify plug here) I’d frequently pick up …

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RIIND Compact and Slim Pens review – Simple tools with advanced designs

CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – As a huge advocate of Bullet Journaling, and journaling in general, I take a lot of notes. I go through several of my favorite Leuchtturm1917 notebooks each year and even more Schmidt ink refills. I’m also a proponent of paying more for higher-quality versions of the items you use most often. This …

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Mavix M4 Gaming Chair review – You don’t always get what you pay for

REVIEW – Spending long hours in front of a computer, whether for business or pleasure, necessitates a really comfortable chair. Preferably, an ergonomic, sturdy chair designed to support over extended periods of time. A lot of gaming chairs achieve this but aren’t exactly what I’d call subtle, boasting huge ridiculous logos, bright garish colors, and …

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New York Comic Con 2021 trip report

ARTICLE – The year 2020 was a difficult one for pretty much everyone on the planet. We saw some seriously major catastrophes, some planetwide, some more localized. There were also innumerable minor personal tragedies, things like missed graduations, weddings, birthday parties, etc. For me, the cancellation of an in-person 2020 New York Comic Con, while …

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My Medic Recon & MyFAK First Aid Kits review – Always be prepared!

REVIEW – Even in uneventful times everyone should own or have access to a good first aid kit. In many emergencies being able to respond quickly with the appropriate gear is one of the few ways to prevent catastrophe. Having worked briefly as a first responder, I know that having the right resources available in …

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Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Core Portable Power Station review – Power all the things!

REVIEW – In my never-ending quest to always be prepared for any eventuality I’ve accumulated quite a few portable power units. Large and small, these power packs are strewn about my apartment, stored in pockets and backpacks, or stashed away in bins patiently awaiting the apocalypse. None of the many battery packs I own though …

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Morakniv Garberg BlackBlade Survival Kit review – Use it to fight off a bear and start a fire

REVIEW – Ever since bushcraft knives first came to my attention, I’ve been a big fan, mainly because of their incredible versatility. Bushcraft knives are designed specifically to tackle a ton of difficult tasks and are purpose-built for strength and durability. Swedish knifemaker Morakniv has been in the business of making some of the toughest …

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ThruNite TW10 Weaponlight review – USB-C rechargeable tactical light

REVIEW – When assembling a kit for home defense, one of the most important considerations to make after deciding on a platform, is lighting. Whether you opt for a handgun, shotgun, carbine, or another platform altogether, your choice of a weapon-mounted flashlight is vital to the effectiveness of your setup. Every piece of equipment in …

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Goal Zero Venture 75 Power Bank review

REVIEW – Since long-distance travel has been off the table for a while now, I’ve been making plans for shorter, closer-to-home trips. Inevitably, those trips involve long drives and off-the-grid locations. My usual EDC battery packs work fine to keep my power-hungry travel devices fed, but I have to pack three or four if the …

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AstroAI Electric Cooler review

REVIEW – Now that the pandemic restrictions are slowly being lifted across the country it’s time to get back out there and travel. For me, travel means jumping into my Toyota FJ with my adorable canine co-pilot, Addy, and hitting the road. While we’re out adventuring, keeping our food and drinks cold is a constant …

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Acebeam PT40 Multipurpose Work Flashlight review

REVIEW – An integral part of any Everyday Carry (EDC) is a dependable flashlight. After all, if you can’t see what you’re doing the rest of your gear is pretty much useless. Over the years I’ve accumulated a good number of flashlights, most of them practically bombproof and reliable, some of them not so much. …

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Fix It Sticks – The Works Gun Field Maintenance Kit review

REVIEW – I’ve acquired quite a few new hobbies in the past year. The reasons for that are simple; global pandemic, boredom, no social life to speak of, etc. But what I can’t figure out is why each new hobby seems to be more costly than the last. There’s a clear, indirect relationship between my …

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AVerMedia PW315 1080p Wide Angle Webcam review

REVIEW – Since working from home became the standard for me, along with millions of others, I’ve started to upgrade a lot of the equipment I use most frequently for my job. One item that has long needed upgrading is my webcam. I’ve been working remotely and attending endless daily video meetings for close to …

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Gadgeteer team’s work from home (WFH) setups – Joe Porletto

ARTICLE – Having spent the majority of my life living and working in NYC, I’ve gotten pretty adept at making the best of small spaces. From the tiny one-room apartments I used to live in, to the slightly less tiny studios and startups I’ve worked for, space in NYC is always at a premium. Now …

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