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EntropiaPlanets presents: Integrated tracker

Discussion in 'Entropia News' started by Lykke TheNun, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. Lykke TheNun

    Lykke TheNun Lootius bless you all!

    [IMGALIGNLEFT]http://www.entropiaplanets.com/gallery/pics/3/tracker3.jpg[/IMGALIGNLEFT]Dear community,

    After reading people being frustrated about their globals somehow missing from other trackers, the technical team here at www.entropiaplanets.com decided to come up with a way to assist you in those matters, and we started working on a tracker that integrates neatly into the forum itself. After several weeks of work, we are now proud to finally be able to present it to you.

    In the navigation menu at the top, you will see a new link to tracker. The direct link is http://www.entropiaplanets.com/forums/tracker.php. Yet another entry point to the tracker is (and this is one of our favourites) by checking a post, and then clicking on the "globals" link from there.

    The globals listed are the total amount of globals on hunting, mining, and crafting, as well as the total amounts of PEDs in total, and the numbers are updated every 15 minutes. Should you not see any globals under your avatar, chances are you did not fill in the AvatarName in your profile, which you can do by clicking on this link.[IMGALIGNRIGHT]http://www.entropiaplanets.com/gallery/pics/3/tracker1_424165.jpg[/IMGALIGNRIGHT]

    If you want to help us out and run the tracker client yourself, you can download it from this link. The client has been coded as lightweight as possible, meaning it will affect your performance as little as possible. It simply reads from the chatlog (which default is installed in your My Documents\Entropia Universe folder), and sends information picked up from there to our server, where it is then picked up and fed into our database. Please note that we ONLY transfer global data, and nothing else (like your private conversations or chats) to our server.

    Like other trackers, our data will only be coming in as long as people are running the tracker client. Therefore, in order to encourage you to help us out, we will offer those of you who actively run our client with a free monthly subscription, and a special Tracker badge in your profile. If you are interested in this, please pm admin, so we can things up to ensure we can see who is participating.


    Below, you will find some basic information about the various ways around the tracker.

    From the tracker home page, you will see a great deal of links to follow. In the top menu, to the right of the Tracker Home, a link can be found that will bring you to an oversight of Tracker Statistics. It shows the number of globals tracked, the value thereof, average values, and individual statuses for hunting, mining and crafting, all both for the last 24 hours, as well as during the whole lifecycle of the tracker. These statistics are updated every 10 minutes.

    On the main page itself, you will see the globals roll by. The feed is as live as it gets. The maximum difference between what you see ingame and what you see in the tracker is 30 seconds, as that's the frequency at which our trackers synchronize their data with the server. As you can see, all AvatarNames are displayed as links, and by clicking on them, you will drill down to the globals for that person. If the owner of an avatar has an account here on EntropiaPlanets, and has filled in their AvatarName in their profile, the AvatarName will have a looking glass icon next to it. Clicking on that will take you to their profiles.

    Clicking on the link of what was globalled on will take you to the information page on the EntropiaPlanets Wiki.

    Additional search mechanisms are available in the menu right below the link to the Tracker Home. "My Globals" should speak for itself; it shows all globals you had that have been picked up by the tracker. Next to that is a dropdown menu, containing one entry for every "subject" (Mob, mining resource, crafted item or material) picked up by the tracker. Selecting one, and then using the Search button will provide you with an oversight of all globals tracked on that subject.

    Lastly, you can search for avatarnames. By using the drop down list next to it, you can select whether you want to see all globals, or just drill down to specific globaltypes. If you know the full username of the Avatar you are interested in, that works, but if you only remember part of the AvatarName, the script will be able to handle that and show you all the names containing your search term.


    Please feel free to supply us with feedback on our implementation. What works, what could be improved, and what would you love to see added or gone?


    Wizzszz & Peter
    Tech Crew

    Upcoming suggested improvements:

    * Detailed statistics, using graphs, to track loot patterns over time.
    * Automatic sreenshot and upload thereof to the EntropiaPlanets.com Gallery.
    * Additional integration of personal global information into the forum.
    * Detailed tracking capabilities for land owners.
    * Additional surprises we do not want to reveal just yet ;)
  2. Congratulations to the EP Tech Crew on this - it looks most impressive.

    I haven't managed any globals yet since I started playing again a couple of weeks ago.

    This will encourage me to do some hardcore killing this weekend to get on the Tracker!

  3. Lykke TheNun

    Lykke TheNun Lootius bless you all!

    Ty Pennsif :)

    As a little site note - and it can't be said enough - make sure you have your full (and correctly spelled) avatar name in your user profile, if you wish to show you're having a profile on EntropiaPlanets for others to see :)
  4. Nice addition :clap:

    I'll dl the software and give it a go tonight :)
  5. Please wait a second with downloading the installer, we have a "last minute" feature addon that is not yet included in the current installer - i'll post here when it's ready for download :)


    Ok, the newest version is there now, happy downloading! :)

    If you experience installation problems or problems with the tracker client please let us know - we're about to set up a subforum for tracker related stuff shortly.

    The tracker client is designed to run in the background, as long as you are not playing it sleeps and consumes next to zero ressources - upcoming features will require that you have it running even when you do not play, checking "Autostart with windows" puts you on the save side.

    This can be disabled in the clients menu at any time, or simply delete the link in your "Autostart" folder in the windows start menu.
  6. It looks like a great tool :). Forum integration is a really nice feature!
    Nice work.
  7. narfi

    narfi Lost

    This will be an awesome feature! Great work!

    I notice that there are some globals missing, is this because you dont have enuogh clients running yet? For instance i checked Tony TwoToes who I know got 2 drone globals yesterday.

  8. NotAdmin

    NotAdmin Administrator

    Yes, if no clients were running at the time, no globals were recorded. The majority of the data available now is form when we were testing, so there might be huge gaps inbetween.

    For the statistics, I will address this over time, but seeing all these globals are legit, and we wanted some actual data to be there when we'd release it, we have not deleted the old data from the database.

    Hopefully, with enough people running it, there eventually will be no gaps whatsoever.

    I also added a sub forum for discussion of the tracker.
  9. Wren

    Wren Avid Gamer

    awesome job guys!
  10. i just went to check my chat.log file and realized that it was like 30-40 Mb size, and it occurred to me that it must have plenty of hof/globals recorded there, so... would it be a good idea to let the tracker go through existing log files and upload old globals to the DB ?

    you could have an extra check to ensure that same globals are reported from more than 1 source, etc.. as the other tracked does, and also make this reporting of old globals a background task consuming as few resources as possible, so your server is not chocked by a massive amount of simultaneous reporting.

    well, just an idea...
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  11. Thats an awesome idea, but i think we will not add this to the client, as it is supposed to do only whats necessary, and not generate more network/cpu/memory/HD load.

    We will offer an "upload old chat log" option in the installer soon, MA changed the global message text in between and it's better to parse these old data where everything can be reviewed and double checked manually if necessary.

    The tracker and all if its future components are under heavy development atm, easy to take that bit in - no ETA tho, for now i can just ask everyone to keep their old chat logs! :)
  12. molleke

    molleke The Ultimate Turp

    I installed the tracker. First time it gave me an error as I was not saving chat logs. After changing that it seems to work ok. Not sure how I can check if it is really working however.
  13. Shadowsong

    Shadowsong Collateral Damage

    Awesome work guys, great to see how the forum is evolving.
  14. GeorgeSkywalker

    GeorgeSkywalker Explorer

    Aha so this time it's really out of the bag :P

    So that's why you were asking to fill in our details and the id thingy must have been for the tracker ...he he nice work

    Pretty good idea to have it integrated with the forum :tiphat:
  15. Excellent work! Gratz with new great addition! :)

    I have one question about it, I don't found option, where I could set up my globals to "private" mode, like on another tracker. If that option not available yet, it would be nice, if you could add it, please :)
  16. well, i was thinking more on a passive scanning of the existing chat.log, running only when EU is not active, and uploading data to the server at a very low rate, so the network or cpu usage would be minimal.

    but the independent upload is also an option, of course; the main difference is that people may be lazy to do an active upload, when it is more likely that letting the main client do the job will get you collect more historic data.
  17. NotAdmin

    NotAdmin Administrator

    Aye, it was. The TrackerId field was supposed to be hidden, but I guess I messed up there :)

    The society details will be used later down the road as well :) Glad to see you like it.

    As for setting your globals to be private, we can add that to our list, though we'd probably need someone to register to the forum in order to prevent abuse.
  18. hehehe, i can see on my profile now the 4 globals i just got on my run with formidons just an hour ago... that's pretty cool :)

    btw, when i click on "globals" on my profile i can see these 4 globals, with a magnifying glass by my name, and also some old globals on furors, which are not counted for some reason. is that because they come from the test DB you guys used for development, or something?
  19. RAZER

    RAZER Custom title ... uh ...

    great idea guys, will try to run the client as well when I'm playing
  20. Yes, it contains a lot of "old globals" they could use to "quickly fill the database".. however the chat.log's timestamps are based on your systems time stamps- converted to UTC (i think it is)...

    Anyways.. If you say you live in Australia - but you actually live in Germany, and you have just set your clock to match German time.. Then the UTC timestamps in your chat.log will be false.

    This is why "the other tracker" .. (lol) does not use the timestamp from the chat log.. it took the developers of "the other tracker" a bit of debugging to figure that out.

    Another way to get the data quickly into this tracker from the other tracker would be to use the api calls from the other tracker to this tracker.. you can find a link to the other trackers api on www.entropiatracker.com/api/api.asp ... Im sure if you ask the developer of the other tracker to provide a special feed for this tracker the admin of the other tracker would happily do so..

    (btw.. your tracker is close to the other tracker already - in regards to full coverage.. this tracker has some 1800 recorded hunting globals today whereas the other tracker has some 1900 - pretty good from a new tracker which prolly hasent got as many feeding clients as the other tracker.)

    Also remember - not all globals are shown everywhere on calypso.. lately SEG globals have only been showing on Amethera.. so.. more clients more clients...

    But hey.. I guess its good there is as many "competing" trackers as possible so people has to choose which client to run.. this way we can ensure none of the trackers will get 100% coverage :)

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