Docker Fun – Play Text Adventures

zorkThis time around in the Docker Fun series, we are getting a little more ambitious. Zork was one of the first popular text adventures, building on the work of Will Crowther and Dan Wells who created the mainframe game Colossal Cave (aka Adventure). Zork was originally written to run on a DEC PDP-10 system, and was later ported to just about every personal computer that was available. While text adventures at that time were struggling with two word commands like “Open Door”, Zork understood much more elaborate command like “Hit the grue with the Elvish sword”. The developers of Zork founded Infocom and eventually released a number of sequels and prequels to Zork as well as several dozen other text adventures in a number of different genres. Eventually the company was sold to Activision and the Infocom games have since lapsed into a sort of purgatory. Technically the download file for Zork is in violation of copyright laws, so feel free to substitute one of the many free Z5 files available on the Internet.

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Docker Fun – Star Wars

robotsWelcome to the latest in my series of using Docker in some fun and unusual ways. Previously I covered how to display a Matrix screen similar to the movie and showing a locomotive animation in your Docker session . This time, we’ll look an amazing telnet animation that’s been around for quite awhile (since 1997 according to this website). It shows the entire Star Wars Episode 4 movie using ASCII characters. Continue reading

Docker Fun – Locomotive

trainWelcome to the second in my series of using Docker in some fun and unusual ways. In the first installment, I showed how to display a Matrix screen similar to the movie. This time, we’ll look at showing a steam locomotive engine in motion in a Docker container. I’m not sure where this application originated, but it seems to have started as an Easter Egg in Linux to tweak people who misspell the system command ‘ls’.

Like last month’s this is an easy container to implement, consisting of only a three line Dockerfile.

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Docker Fun – Matrix screen


Matrix Screen

First for any loyal visitors, my apologizes for my absence over the past six weeks. In my day job, my supervisor and a coworker left the company so we’ve been shuffling stuff around, and that has required me to spend some off hours reading and learning some new technology. Now that things are starting to calm down, I wanted to look at doing something fun.

In most cases Docker is used for serious work, running web apps, database servers and the like. But you can do some fun stuff with Docker as well. So to lighten up the DockerSphere I present the first in a series to create some silly Docker containers.

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