It also links to a previous post: Fun On Friday #97: Retro Gaming because this week's fun is provided by an open source attempt to bring an Elite style game to modern machine. It is called Oolite (for Object Oriented Elite) and looks to be pretty close to the original. Elite was an awesome game with a great mixture of arcade style shooting, tactics and trading. Frustrating and elating in more or less equal measure.
Docking was always tricky, but here's a video tutorial that may help:
I have played the new version and found docking to be just as tricky and frustrating as I remember... but I am ridiculously pleased to say, I did it on my second attempt. How many goes does it take you to get your docking skills back up to speed?