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

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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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Interesting Docker Containers (and some tips on running them)

shipping-82339I’ve been learning how to use Docker for the last couple of months. Part of that experience has been downloading and working with various freely available containers from the Docker Hub. Since an ever increasing number applications are web based (i.e using a website as a UI tool) porting many open source projects to use Docker is becoming less complex. While not all open source applications can benefit yet from containerization, I think its only a matter of time before this technology starts to really gain in popularity.
My area of interest tends to fall more towards Business Intelligence and related technologies, so what I’ve been experimenting with are containers in that realm. This time around, I’ll discuss these containers and my experience getting them running on a native Docker installation on Ubuntu:
  • Rstudio
  • Cloudera Hadoop
  • ODOO with Postgresql

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