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Rod Trent is the Engagement, Education, and Conference Director for Penton. He is a leading expert on Microsoft System Center and Cloud technologies and has more than 25 years of IT experience. Rod has written many books, thousands of articles, and speaks at various conferences and user groups. His professional focus is evangelizing technical community on the web and in person. Rod was a Microsoft MVP for 10 years and is a charter member of the Dell TechCenter Rockstar program. He's an avid gadget fan, a die-hard old television show and cartoon buff, a health and exercise freak, and comic book aficionado. Follow Rod on Twitter

A Microsoft Band Owner’s Running Gear
Along with wearing the Microsoft Band for my runs, here's what else I carry or wear.
Feature Highlight: Microsoft Health’s New People Like Me Leaderboard Profiles
A couple new leaderboard profiles appeared silently in Microsoft Health. Here's what they mean.
Microsoft Band Hike/Walk Tile Accuracy Under Scrutiny 1
Microsoft has finally delivered on a customer request to enable the Microsoft Band to track walks and hikes, but many are concerned with the feature's accuracy.
Review: Sony Walkman 4 GB Waterproof Sports MP3 Player
I've been on a quest to find the perfect, standalone MP3 player to accompany my Microsoft Band fueled runs. The Sony Walkman MP3 headphones may be it.
Microsoft Band: Choosing Between Desktop Sync and Microsoft Health 1
With the release of the new Microsoft Health UWP app, Band owners now have two options for synching Band data.
Microsoft Band Tip: Even Quicker GPS Lock
Try this tip to get an even quicker GPS lock for your Microsoft Band.
Quick Update Release Fixes Microsoft Band USB Sync with Windows 10 for PCs
A few hours after initial release, Microsoft has delivered an update to solve some bugs.
Microsoft Health Now Available for Windows 10 for PCs – Sort Of
The promised desktop version of the Microsoft Health app is ready for installation, but also not quite ready consumption.
Minor New Microsoft Health Feature Allows Customizing of Live Tile
In the latest Microsoft Health app update, you can now customize the Live Tile on Windows devices.
Microsoft Health Update Allows Disabling of Social Features
In this month's Microsoft Band update, Microsoft has provided the ability to turn off social features.
First Look: Using the Microsoft Band Explore Tile for Walking and Hiking 2
This month, Microsoft has supplied a new feature for walkers and hikers.
New GPX/TCX Export Option in All Microsoft Health GPS Activities
Microsoft has fulfilled yet another customer request by adding GPX and TCX file exports of Microsoft Band data.
Microsoft Band Used to Train 10 Riders to Complete the 782-mile Amgen Tour of California
Microsoft Band is being used to help determine what it takes to compete in a long bike races.
Microsoft Officially Announces Explore Tile for Hikers and a Windows 10 for PC Health App 2
The May update for Microsoft Band includes useful tracking features for Hikers and a Health app that will run on Windows 10 for PCs.
Windows 10 Tip: Fixing Live Tile Counts and Blank Tiles 1
If your Windows 10 Start Menu gets all screwy, try this fix before rebooting.
Review: Pyle Flextreme MP3 Player Headphones
May 10, 2016

Thanks for the suggestion. These look more like leisure headphones than ones used for fitness activities. But, well worth a look.

Microsoft Promises to Remove Windows 10 Upgrade Nag After July 29
May 6, 2016

1. Well, sort of. When you activate Windows 10 (through the upgrade) on a given system, that license is created - but only for that single system. Microsoft uses a few...

My Microsoft Band 2 Has Reached Gash Level
May 6, 2016

Sorry...but you're wrong. Mine has lasted a full 6 months whereas many have had their replaced within 2-3 months. That means I've treated mine with kid gloves. After the v1...

Quick Tip: Don’t Use the Facebook for Windows 10 App’s Pin to Start Feature
April 28, 2016

Please visit our sister site Windows IT Pro for those topics. Coverage for those topics happens there.

Turn Your Microsoft Band into a Remote Control for Your Tesla
April 15, 2016

If your obsession is health and fitness, Microsoft Band is what you want.

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