Update 20220522

Finally updated landing page to show latest news. It's not fully styled and posting to it is a pain, but it is definitely closer to what it is supposed to look like in the future.
Also, I am now looking for a job, so feel free to check my resume.

Update 20211210

Moved to VPS. If you are reading this, means that DNS was updated as well, so everything should be working as expected.
I also noticed that TTFB timings from VPS seem to be extremely long (23 seconds!), so am looking into what may be the cause of that.

Update 20211212

Significant improvement in TTFB already (so far 5-7 seconds instead of 20-60), but still have some ideas on potential further improvements.

Update 20211208

FF entity registration page is now up.
During first days of running I noticed that some images are not being loaded on the pages. Those are images which are "proxied" from Lodestone since they do not comply with Crossorigin (which I pointed to them like half a year ago). In order to maintain high level of security of the website I will start saving images for characters and achievements locally on every update. Unfortunately, considering the amount of files, that will result in, I will hit limits of current hosting. As such I made decision to finally migrate to a VPS instead of shared hosting, which will remove limit of files storage and help me provide even higher level of security and performance. At least theoretically. As such, it is possible to see some disruption of the service during migration in near future (hopefully by the end of the week). I apologize for any possible inconveniences caused by this.

Update 20211205

Most of FFTracker pages are now working. Exceptions are entity registration and statistics (including those on Free Companies' pages). The latter are planned to be transferred to images, instead of Google Charts, so may take a bit more time to be restored.

Update 20211203

Due to release of Endwalker for Final Fantasy XIV I wanted to publish the updated version of the website on December 7th. But I did not realize that the release is on December 3rd...
So... I am still releasing the update, as you can see, but some pages are not ready yet.
On the bright side, besides the redesign, BIC Tracker is now properly functional again!
I will restore other FFTracker pages over the weekend, and the rest (including proper landing page) will come later on.
At least, that's the plan.

Update 20180209

* New design
* Significant backend changes
* Some semantic changes in HTML
* Restructured CSS
* More mobile friendly
* When moving around the site, links will change content dynamically, when possible, to preserve bandwidth
* When scrolling to bottom if a page is part of a set, scrolling to the end will load next page in set (not currently used)
* Moved share buttons to header (expanded on click/tap) and cleaned them up
* Floating pagination (not currently used)
* Contacts, sitemaps and Atom feeds moved from navigation to footer (expanded on click/tap)
* Retained only 1 favicon set, instead of changing it on some pages
* Replace FF Tracker sidebar by appropriate history events
+ Added support for HTTP/2
- Temporary disabled SilverSteam for refactoring
- Temporary disabled art and changelog items
- Moved all code snippets to Github. Check contacts for link

BIC Library:
* Moved to database (significant performance and stability improvement)
* Improved logic of telephones parser
* Slight change of predecessors list generation logic: only "direct" predecessors are shown. If an item has merged several older banks, you will see their respective chains in the item details only. This provides a bit more consistent results
* API now supports only JSON format and provides BIC details only when using respective VKEY (from BIC library, present on pages as well)
+ Added ATOM feeds for changed and deleted banks
- Removed filters, retained name/bic only search

Final Fantasy XIV Tracker:
* Now tracking not only weekly rankings, but also monthly ones and members count and show all three on one graph. Due to significant change in logic of how this is tracked, all previous entries were removed. It requires to have at least 2 appropriate entries to see the graph, so you may need to wait a week (for weekly rating change on Lodestone)
* Search results can now be accessed by appropriate page
* If a company has defined rank levels, members will be visually divided by them to show hierarchy
* For characters new minions, mounts, achievements are tracked, as well as any other changes. For minions, mounts and achievements only last 10 entries of each are stored (purge is done on weekly basis). If update detects more than 10 changes for minions or mounts, only 10 of them will be registered
+ Added a weekly job to update up to 1000 entities, that were not updated for over a year
+ Added maps for companies, that have plots
- Removed advanced filters, since they are not really used
- Removed tracking of individual class levels
- Removed tracking of wrongly assigned ranks as not used
- Removed tracking of alternative ranks as not used
- Removed class diversity check for suggestions, since covered by minimum class levels


Today, suddenly, an episode I imagined for "Simbiat" poured out into a small poem. Perhaps it was another mood-swing or just OST to "Seraph".

Look at my deformity:
No sign of conformity;
Strips of my flesh,
As they turn to ash;
Teeth falling out...
Look what inside I've found.
Distorted reflection
Springs fist into action -
Nothing to see,
As if nothing I've been.
Shards of the mirror
Cut to bleed thinner -
Drops of red all over the sink,
Mind is drowning, forgetting to swim.
All ribs get broken,
Heart in crib awoken,
Lungs - inside-out...
No longer know what my fear's about.
Losing breath and losing head:
Is this the monster, that inside I bred?
Thoughts racing in denial,
Replaced by rage turning viral.
Kill, kill, and nothing but kill -
That's the desire, that I will fulfill.


Update 20170620

Final Fantasy XIV Tracker:
* Updated to properly support Stormblood changes. Note, that there may still be some less obvious issues. We are working with XIVDB developer to identify and fix bugs in the Lodestone Parser.

Update 20170610

Final Fantasy XIV Tracker:
+ Advanced search
+ Tracking of previous free companies for characters with appropriate output on their pages

* Updated logic for blocks to improve performance in some cases and separate their caching logic