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.

StarTech USB/SATA Drive Duplicator and Eraser review

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The StarTech Drive Duplicator and Eraser for SATA and USB Flash Drives is a powerful, simple to use, and versatile tool for IT professionals or consumers who routinely need to manage a number of different types of data drives. Although it’s lacking in documentation and is a bit expensive at the suggested retail price of $796.99, the

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The Pocket Shot Hammer Full Kit Slingshot review

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The Pocket Shot Slingshot is an innovative, modern take on the classic slingshot design. With the addition of the Pocket Hammer handle and Arrow Cap, this reimagining of the classic Y-shaped slingshot, a circular design which replaces strong rubber bands with an elastic pouch, is incredibly effective and so much fun to use.

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weBoost Drive 4G-X mobile cellphone signal booster review

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If you live or commute in an area where cellphone signals are weak, the weBoost Drive 4G-X mobile cellphone signal booster may be the device you’ve been wishing for. At $479.99 it’s definitely a big purchase, but this booster provides a significant increase to any existing signal and it’s a breeze to install.

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Apple announces the HomePod, challenger to Amazon Echo and Google Home

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One of the most interesting announcements made today at Apple’s Annual WWDC was the release of the Apple HomePod, Apple’s entry into the home assistant arms race. A straight up challenger to the champ, Amazon Echo and the runner-up, Google Home, Apple’s HomePod takes Siri out of your iPhone and places her squarely, for better

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Cherry MX Silent Keyboard Review

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Cherry, a German company known mainly for its high-end mechanical keyboard switches, also sells a line of keyboards. The Cherry MX Board Silent is the first to feature Cherry’s noise-optimized silent MX key switches for a mechanical keyboard feel minus the traditional click-clacking that might be disruptive in some office environments. For the high price though, the Cherry MX Silent

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