Geez, it’s already the end of July and we’re halfway through with summer? How did it get so late so soon? Obviously it’s the last day for me to do the traditional monthly donations, so let’s get to it.
I realized there’s one project that I’ve been using on a regular basis since my first experiences with Unix and Linux more than fifteen years ago, so it deserves a donation like no other. This project is Midnight Commander, the console file manager conceived as a free clone of Norton Commander, which was hugely popular in the ancient times of DOS. If you remember those times, the two blue panels of Norton Commander must look familiar:
Fun fact: when I first used Norton Commander the panels weren’t even blue, as it was on a PC AT equipped with a monochrome Hercules graphics card and the only color that I was blessed with was amber.
The two-panel concept is an excellent example of a simple idea that stands the test of time — I’m still using Midnight Commander exactly the same way as I used Norton Commander back in its day. For many file operations, and especially for quickly browsing through a large directory tree, it’s my preferred solution over any GUI tool. Thanks and congratulations to the developers!
My second donation goes to the “Unwanted and Forgotten” Foundation, located in ÅÃ³dÅº, dedicated to helping homeless animals (I already supported them precisely a year ago). I’m virtually adopting a young female dog by the name of Melissa, who was rescued (along with her sisters) from terrible living conditions by the Foundation’s volunteers. Best wishes to the Foundation and to Melissa!