Providing basic computer skills to local residents at no cost in a fun, low-stress setting.
The James Kenny Computer Lab is a learning center run by the City of Berkeley, California, offering instruction in basic computer literacy. Classes are led by volunteer instructors and are open to all Berkeley residents at no cost. Non-Berkeley residents are also welcome, but receive lower priority if classes are full.
The Lab has been in existence since Fall of 1999. It was initially started as a barter arrangement between the center's director, Nicholas Traylor, and two computer engineers who offered to exchange instruction for weekly one-hour use of the basketball facilities.
The Lab's facilities include various donated hardware and software, roughly consisting of:
We are located at:
James Kenny Recrecation Center
1720 8th St. (at the corner of Virginia st)
Between 7th and 8th streets, and Virginia and Deleware streets, on the 2nd floor of the main building. For a map, click here.
Electronic mail address
Nicolas Traylor (Director): (510) 644-8511
Nicholas Traylor - James Kenney Rec
We don't really know all that much about Nicholas except that he's a dedicated and hardworking guy, with infinite patience. The computer lab is just one of the many things that Nick looks after. For other programs and services offered by the center, please click here.
Ken Marx - Computer Lab Instructor
Ken Marx has been a software engineer for more years than he cares to admit, and has been a Berkeley resident for only a bit longer. He is proficient in C, C++, Perl, Unix and somewhat less so with Windows, but is willing to give anything a shot. Recent projects at work have inclided image processing, and voice recognition. He is currently employed in Richmond, Ca, at Vicor Inc.
For a rough idea, here is a computer sketch of ken.