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Rod Trent

Engagement, Education, and Conference Director ,

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

Holiday Gadgets for the Runners in Your Life
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Blade Surface Book Lock

I was recently able to take the latest cabled security lock from Compulocks Brands, Inc. for a spin. You might think that locks like these are sort of a waste considering tablets and laptops are intended to be highly mobile gadgets, but for a corporate environment, they are a must. I don't what it is - maybe its because the company supplies the devices and there's not a personal financial responsibility attached - but end users will leave their devices laying around for hours while they share in office camaraderie, go out to lunch, and other things.

Garmin Adds Microsoft Band-like Custom Challenges 1

If you’ve been watching the Microsoft Band community since the announcement that the Microsoft Band is a dead product, you’ll have also seen how a good number for ex-Band owners are now turning to Garmin devices as the replacement. Why? Garmin does a lot of things great and offers devices in various price, form factor, and feature ranges. Those that have attempted to replace their Microsoft Band with anything from Fitbit have been disappointed and eventually felt as if they’ve taken steps backwards.

Windows 10 Updates Not at Fault for New #BatteryGate Issue, Says Microsoft
September 23, 2016

I'm not sure exactly how common it is to forget about your laptop for a week. But, I could be wrong. :)

More Movement in Microsoft’s Health Platform?
September 23, 2016

I've unofficially started to do that:

And, will definitely continue. I suspect this is where we'll see...

Using Microsoft Band App without Microsoft Band
September 21, 2016

For Windows 10/8.1 and it was intended to capture steps (and distance, etc.) that the Band might miss when it was being charged (not worn). However, it didn't work for Android...

The State of the Microsoft Health Platform
September 20, 2016

"Microsoft HealthVault was developed and introduced in October 2007 and in June 2010 expanded its services beyond the United States to include the United Kingdom" - are you...

Microsoft Wraps Up #BatteryGate with Firmware and a FAQ
August 30, 2016

Sorry...poor attempt at sarcasm, I guess. You'd probably only see that if you had been watching the full coverage here. Funny when these things happen, MSFT always says "small...

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