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The following is a list of recent changes and improvements made to SNDTWEET. Most changes are made as the direct result of a customer request. If you have changes you would like to see made to SNDTWEET, send E-mail to us by clicking here Support@Kisco.com and we'll add your change to our list of possible implementations.

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SNDTWEET Recent Changes Log

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SNDTWEET Updates:


Generic message ID exceptions now supported.

Effective date: June 24, 2014

At the request from a customer, we have added generic message ID exception support to SNDTWEET. Now, you can specify a single generic message ID and all qualifying messages that are monitored will be treated as exceptions. See the documentation that comes with the PTF for more details on how this works.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 4.07. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get the feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF408 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


ASP Utilization % Watch added.

Effective date: July 24, 2012

New with Release 4 of SNDTWEET, a new watch function has been added to check on the ASP % utilitzation on your system. When the percentage changes by a given amount, your system will tweet you to advise you of the change and report the new ASP % value. This can be used to alert you to unexpected changes in disc space utilization.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 4. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get the feature for your installation via a product PTF. This feature is not available by PTF, current customer will need to do a version upgrade to get this new feature.


Message queue for Tweet Receive processing changed.

Effective date: April 27, 2012

After a recent change to the way the Tweet Receive process runs, a customer reported that the system operator message queue was showing a lot of job completion messages, cluttering up the queue. In response, we have given customers control over which message queue is used (or even *NONE) by placing this in a data area.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 3.18. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get the feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF318 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Time of day text option added to message queue monitor.

Effective date: April 12, 2012

When starting a message queue monitor in SNDTWEET, this change lets you optionally request that the time of day from the message issued from your system be included in the tweet text.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 3.16. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get the feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF316 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Purge added for the Duplicate Tweet control file.

Effective date: January 23, 2012

A purge of the SNDTWEET duplicate tweet control file has now been added. This purge will keep the size of this file manageable and improve performance for SNDTWEET over time.

These features are available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 3.14. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get the features for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF314 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Several improvements added to SNDTWEET.

Effective date: December 2, 2011

Several improvements have now been implemented in the SNDTWEET product as follows:

  1. For tweets issued from a message queue monitor, the jobname that issued the message to the message queue has now been added to the text of the tweet.
  2. The TWEETSET command has a new parameter added that provide better control over the look back time period when checking for duplicate tweets.
  3. The status of the Automatic SNDTWEET Tweet Scheduler is now shown when you run option #4 from the MASTER menu.

These features are available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 3.12. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get the features for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF312 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Improvements made to the Tweet Scheduler feature.

Effective date: September 29, 2011

Several improvements have now been implemented for the automatic Tweet Scheduler feature in SNDTWEET. The display for the Tweet Schedule Maintenance has been changed to make it easier to work with an active schedule. When you start the maintenance now, the next scheduled Tweet will be the first one listed on the display. If none are scheduled, then the last Tweet processed will show at the top of the list. Also, the Tweet Schedule report has been improved to make it much easier to read.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 3.10. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF310 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


SNDTWEET Watch function added.

Effective date: August 23, 2011

With IBM's i/OS Release V5R4 (and higher), the OS now supports watch functions that let you set a watch condition in the OS and have an exit program take action when the watch is satisfied. With this release of SNDTWEET, we have implemented the capability of watching for a specific message ID being sent to a specific message queue and SNDTWEET will issue a Tweet when the message is received. Note that this will only work on customer machines with a minimum level of IBM's i/OS of V5R4.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 3.07. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF307 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Twitter authentication method changed.

Effective date: June 26, 2011

Many customers have struggled with creating the digital certification environment on the IBM i using IBM's Digital Certificate Manager (DCM). Also, the self-signed certificates that we have been using successfully for many months are, all of a sudden, problematic with Twitter. To correct for this problem and provide an environment that is easier to configure and more stable, SNDTWEET has been re-engineered to eliminate the digital certificate requirement.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 3.04. If you have an earlier release installed, you can only get this feature for your installation via a version upgrade. Go to the Download page for SNDTWEET and follow the instructions there. Make sure that you get the latest documentation manual update as it includes specific configuration instructions for this new release.


New parameter option on TWEETMON message queue monitor startup.

Effective date: May 19, 2011

A new parameter has been added to the TWEETMON command that is used to start a message queue monitor function in SNDTWEET. This new option, MSGOPT, lets you specify that a message be deleted from the message queue once it has been tweeted successfully. For message queue monitors like the new idea posted in the FAQ section, it makes sense to delete messages from the queue once they have been posted to Twitter.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 3.03. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF303 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Release 3.0 adds an automatic Tweet Scheduler feature.

Effective date: November 3, 2010

Release 3.0 of SNDTWEET is now available. The big new feature added is an automatic Tweet Scheduler. Using the scheduler, you can plan out specific Tweets that you want to send at future times and dates. When the selected time comes up, SNDTWEET will post your tweet for you.

In addition, the new release includes several new improvements in product stability when faced with service interruptions from Twitter.

These new features are only available by a version upgrade process. Existing customers should contact Kisco Information Systems for details. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Message monitor overrides added.

Effective date: July 15, 2010

Prior to this change, the only control over which messages were tweeted was based on the severity level of the message arriving in the message queue. If there were certain messages that you wanted to surpress, like printer alignment messages and the like, you could also set that up.

With this change, you can configure the SNDTWEET message queue monitor function to also check for the user profile associated with the message, the job name and also the program name that issued the message. Based on any of these criteria, you can override the message severity checking and either always tweet these messages or never tweet them. This adds more flexibility in reporting messages arriving at a message queue for tweeting through SNDTWEET.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 2.11. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF211 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Improved library list control for jobs submitted remotely.

Effective date: June 21, 2010

SNDTWEET has been modified so that the user library list can be strictly controlled using a Job Description object shipped with the product. Prior to this change, the user library list setup depended on the user that started the tweet receive process.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 2.10. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF210 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


New remote job status inquiry added based on job name.

Effective date: May 27, 2010

A new remote status command has been added to SNDTWEET. The new STSJ status inquiry will allow you to ask your system for current job status on a job using the job name as a reference. The status request allows you to access information for all jobs currently running with the same job name.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 2.09. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF209 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


*DFTID option added to SNDTWEET command.

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Remote command validation process added.

Effective date: May 24, 2010

Since the product now stores a standard Twitter ID, you can now use that standard ID from the SNDTWEET command using the special value *DFTID.

Also, when submitting remote commands via Twitter, SNDTWEET will now validate the command submitted by checking that the command name is correctly entered. If an invalid command is requested, the remote command submission will be bypassed and an error tweet will be issued.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 2.08. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF208 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


RCVEND option added to TWMONEND command.

Effective date: May 17, 2010

With the new remote command and remote status inquiry options, customers now find that they want to have Tweet receive processing active at times when they may not have an active message queue monitor running. Prior to this change, the message queue monitor shut down process would always terminate tweet receive processing. This new option will allow customers to leave it active while still ending the message queue monitor.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 2.07. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF207 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


APPEND option added to SNDTWEET command.

Effective date: May 17, 2010

Twitter will cancel a tweet that has duplicate text if the duplicates are issued within an hour of each other. Sometimes, especially with status tweets, this is an undesireable action. To avoid this problem, we have added an option that will let you append additional unique information to a tweet so that the "duplicat" tweets are not identical.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 2.07. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF207 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


New ENDTWTRCV command added.

Effective date: May 7, 2010

A new command, ENDTWTRCV, has been added to provide additional flexibility for customers to start and end Tweet receive processing.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 2.06. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF206 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


New *DFTID option added to the TWEETMON command.

Effective date: April 27, 2010

Recent changes to SNDTWEET now keep a standard default Twitter ID and password on file for the Twitter account for your server. With this change, when starting a SNDTWEET message monitor function, you can use this new option to have SNDTWEET use the pre-entered Twitter ID rather than having to enter your server's ID and password every time.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 2.05. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF205 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Optional remote submission security enabled.

Effective date: April 20, 2010

With the recent addition of more remote submission capability in SNDTWEET, we have now also added remote submission security. The new feature is optional, but once activated it will prevent unauthorized Twitter users from submitting remote requests to your system. This includes the ability to respond to messages, remote command execution requests, remote status inquiries and custom user-developed inquirie submissions.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 2.04. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF204 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Enhanced system status for specific profile activity added.

Effective date: April 16, 2010

An additional remote status inquiry function has been added to SNDTWEET. The .STSPA. inquiry, which accepts a user profile as a variable parameter, will respond with a tweet that shows what that profile is doing interactively on the system.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 2.03. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF203 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Remote system status added to list active user profiles.

Effective date: April 6, 2010

An additional remote status inquiry function has been added to SNDTWEET. The .STSP. inquiry will now respond with a list of user profiles currently logged in to interactive sessions on your system.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 2.02. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF202 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Release 2.0 introduces several new features.

Effective date: April 5, 2010

SNDTWEET release 2 is now available and includes several new features that turn SNDTWEET into full function, interactive tool for your System i. These new features include:

  1. A series of new remote system status inquiries. From your Twitter client (cell phone, PDA, laptop, etc.), you can send a tweet to your System i and it will respond with system status information via Twitter.

  2. A user application interface has been added to help customers create their own interactive applications using Twitter to signal information to your System i and obtain a response. Your use of this capability is only limited by your imagination. Think of what you can do.

  3. A new command has been added so you can manually start the remote tweet receive process. Prior versions required that you be using the message monitor function before remote tweet processing could be used. That is no longer a requirement.

These new features are only available by a version upgrade process. Existing customers should contact Kisco Information Systems for details. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Submit remote command via Twitter added to SNDTWEET.

Effective date: November 4, 2009

As the result of a request from a customer, we have added a secure capability for commands to be submitted to your System i through Twitter for execution. Now, from your cell phone, PDA or other remote device, you can send a command string through Twitter to be run on your system.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 1.11. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF111 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


New push option added to message queue monitor feature.

Effective date: October 7, 2009

Based on a customer request, we have added an option to the message queue monitor feature to support push notification on messages. With this change, you can now specify that SNDTWEET use directed tweets for notification messages rather than normal Twitter message sharing. Support for up to five different directed Twitter IDs are permitted.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 1.10. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF110 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


New option added to message queue monitor startup.

Effective date: October 2, 2009

Based on a customer request, a new option has been added when you start a message queue monitor task in SNDTWEET. With this change, you have the option of sending a startup and shutdown confirmation tweet. Prior to this change, these confirmation tweets were always sent. The change gives you the option of suppressing them.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 1.09. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF109 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


File Monitor feature added.

Effective date: August 31, 2009

SNDTWEET has been updated to now include a File Monitor feature. Using this new feature, you can monitor a System i database file for a variety of activity including record adds, record updates, record deletes and even record reads. Whenever one of these events occurs for a monitored file, SNDTWEET will send a tweet notification message. Tweets can be detailed and sent at the moment the event happens or they can be summarized with a tweet sent after every nth event.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 1.08. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF107 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Message ID Exceptions added to monitor feature.

Effective date: August 7, 2009

With this change, users who are using our message queue monitor and response feature can create a table of message ID's that should be ignored if found at a monitored message queue. Using this feature, you can reduce the number of problem tweets going out when you identify situations that are not a real problem that needs to be dealt with. For example, if you are monitoring your system operator message queue, you might want to skip messages that are calling for a paper change on a local printer in your computer room.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 1.05. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF104 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Fully functional message monitor feature added complete with error message replies through Twitter.

Effective date: June 15, 2009

A major new feature has now been added to SNDTWEET. Using SNDTWEET, you can now establish a message queue monitor for any message queue on your System i. When a message arrives, SNDTWEET will tweet the message for you. If the message is looking for a response, like an error message or an inquiry message, you can use Twitter to send a reply to the message.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 1.03. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF103 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


Message Monitor CL Source Code Added.

Effective date: May 7, 2009

In response to a customer request, we have added the CL source code for a simple message queue monitor program. This code is now available in a source physical file named QSAMPLE in the application library.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 1.02. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF102 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


SNDTWEET Recognized by Twitter.

Effective date: May 1, 2009

SNDTWEET is now recognized by the Twitter service. When a Tweet is posted using SNDTWEET, it will appear as coming from the SNDTWEET program.

This feature is available starting with SNDTWEET Release level 1.01. If you have an earlier release installed, you can get this feature for your installation via a product PTF. The PTF for this is named STPTF101 and can be requested from Kisco Information Systems by email. Use the email link at the bottom of this page.


SNDTWEET Now Available.

Effective date: April 22, 2009

As of this update, the initial release of SNDTWEET is now available for our free 30 day trial, and for purchase.


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