We apologize for problems with the message reception, caused by a tiny but fatal bug (a character at the wrong place) in the code.
Twitizer is up and running again and queued up messages have been published.
The handling of media in incoming messages has now been re-written so that also images in MIME-HTML messages should work well, by focusing on the media type rather than the file name. The latter is often lacking in such messages, but the media type seems always to be correct. This also means all text, including text file attachments, will be considered part of the text message, which will also solve a few issues.
In other words, hopefully all good.
A tiny goof-up caused these options to always revert to ‘all’. Now they revert to ‘all’ only if the user is not logged in, or there’s no user with the entered user name or if the field is empty.
AT&T mangles the e-mails so that there’s no proper file name in the attachment information. This has caused attachments to be dropped from received messages. That’s hopefully fixed now, based on the information in one message received from a user. If you are on AT&T and still don’t get photos etc across, please let us know.
Previously incoming e-mails were checked every 5 minutes, but now it’s done every minute instead, so that posted information and ditto Twitter updates are handled much faster.
Note that if you upload via the browser the update is handled immediately, as before.
A lot has been added or enhanced the last weeks, as can be seen in this blog and on Twitizer itself.
Some of the main points:
Therefore: If you haven't tried Twitizer already, we invite you to do so, and we are happy to receive comments about features you think are lacking. Some might be very easy to add, so keep them coming.
Twitizer now handles considerably larger pictures Mpixel-wise, both in terms of uploading and viewing. The file size limit is still set to 4 Mbytes for practical reason (so that the server is not flooded). This was achieved by tweaking the server’s configuration as well as tweaking how images were scaled and rotated on the landing page.
Now it’s possible to send Twitter updates from the Timeline page while you are logged in. You can do the same via Upload, but this is a bit quicker, and you see the result directly in the timeline. A link to a landing page is included in the update so that logged in users can comment on your update.
Mostly adjustments of existing features:
Thanks all for using Twitizer, and keep feeding it with more stuff! Also, please send Feedback if there’s anything you don’t like etc.
A few minor enhancements:
And some more…
A few improvements made today:
The reason Twitter was down yesterday was due to a Denial-of-Service attack. To get this impact there must have been 1000s of zombie PCs sending out HTTP requests continuously.
Hopefully Twitter now takes measures to counter such attacks, as it will happen again.
Now links embedded in messages are properly converted to clickable links. The visible text is truncated to max 50 characters, but when clicking the link the whole link will be used, and the new site is opened in a new window or tab.
There might be special cases it won’t handle, but going through the messages received so far, all were converted correctly.