Congratulations to our Featured Volunteer Team for June/July 2013. Tom Choate, Travis Moore, and Ken Clark are being onored for transforming the computer lab into a state-of-the-art facility.If you are not a computer person,this might be a good time to define a term or two. A network is a group of two or more computer systems linked together. A network server is a computer designed to process requests and deliver data to other (client) computers over a local network or the Internet. In simple terms, these guys used their technical knowledge to connect computers in a way so that the classroom computers could “talk to each other.” To do this you need people with substantial knowledge of computer hardware (the machine itself), computer software (the computer programs), and an an awful lot of patience. One of the great things about this group is that each has his own expertise that they generously brought to the project. Tom Choate has been the computer king at El Sol for years, and knows the setup inside and out. Tom was able to explain the networking setup, what the expectations are, and how El Sol can reach those expectations. Without Tom, we really would not know how to approach the project of the computer lab and work within the El Sol network. Travis Moore is our classroom setup expert and Windows guru. It is second nature for him to set up Windows networks with a server. Without Travis, we really would not know how to set up the server and the scripts for the logins at the Computer Lab. Ken Clark is an expert in all wide area network and communication. Without Ken, we really would not know how to set up the programs for downloading time restraints and computer setup (Sorry, more technical stuff. Translation: Ken really knows his onions). Each of them came many times to El Sol to help install the computers, the projector, the white board, the screen, cabling for the networks, and a pull down screen in Room 206. There was also a marathon session at Tom’s house. They spent 9 HOURS setting up the server software and experimenting with different setups. They all went above and beyond the call, and we are grateful to each of them for supporting El Sol.