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.

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

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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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Solo Stove Campfire review – Bring the heat everywhere you go with this portable camp stove

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REVIEW – With the unofficial start of summer upon us, it’s time to dust off the camping, hiking, and backpacking gear and prepare for adventure. For me, one of the most important considerations when heading to the great outdoors is knowing when I will be able to eat. Not just when I will eat though,

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Zhiyun Crane M2S Camera Stabilizer review

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REVIEW – With the amazing advances in camera technology made in the last decade it’s now possible for aspiring videographers to create professional-level videos with little more than a smartphone and maybe a microphone and light or two. So, it’s not surprising to now see the massive camera accessories market shift toward supplying these creators

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MUA Journal review

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REVIEW – One of the unexpected but truly beneficial results of the pandemic has been the new focus some companies have placed on the mental well-being of their employees. My employer for instance goes to great lengths to provide us with tons of resources for bettering and maintaining our psychological well-being. Personally, I’ve found that

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Tekto Skar OTF Knife review – Release your inner John Wick (just not with this knife)

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REVIEW – Some knives are just inherently cooler than others. For me, it doesn’t get much cooler than an automatic OTF (out-the-front) knife. There’s something about flicking a switch and having a razor-sharp blade spring forward that makes me feel like a secret agent, or a notorious hitman named John Wick for that matter. The

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FlexSolar 120W Foldable Solar Panel Kit review – The power of the sun in the palm of your hand

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REVIEW – As my collection of portable batteries and power packs grows, the need for cheap (or free) electricity to keep them topped off increases as well. To avoid forking over my paycheck to Seattle City Light each month I’ve been looking for an effective solar panel kit to address this need. I may have

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Gadgeteer team – gear we’re using in 2022 – Shooting Range Edition (Joe Porletto)

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REVIEW – When the Gadgeteer team decided to do another round of “Gear we’re using” posts I was concerned because I’ve been using pretty much the same gear for the last two years. I documented my Work from Home setup exactly a year ago as I write this and that hasn’t changed at all. Since

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UGOOS UT8 Pro Android TV Box review – A buggy powerhouse that’s not ready for prime time

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REVIEW – Since “cutting the cord” years ago I’ve had the opportunity to try out pretty much every TV media box. I’ve run my media collection and streaming apps through Rokus, TiVos, Amazon Fires, Chromecasts, Xboxes, Playstations, Macs, PCs, Smart TVs, and my all-time favorite, Nividia Shields. Just know, the Nividia Shield hands down outshines

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SANNCE 2K 4MP Super HD Webcam review – I’m finally ready for my closeup!

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REVIEW – Even though I’m using my webcam more than I ever thought I would, I can’t bring myself to invest in better lighting for my frequent video meetings and chats. Further complicating the problem is my cramped work area which doesn’t have much room for additional equipment like a large ring light. Fortunately, I

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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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