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Home Control Assistant Newsletter for August 1 2021

The end of HCA
If you have been following along the last few weeks, I’m sure that you realized that something’s up. Now would be the time for the written equivalent of the long pause on TV when the doctor stands mute when they want, but can’t, tell the family that the person has died. But I won’t do that. I’ll make it clear and declarative.

As of today (August-1-2021) we are on a path to end support for HCA and the HCA cloud facilities.

The first thing I want to say is DON’T PANIC. As you continue reading you will see that this isn’t happening soon and is structured in a way that will give plenty of time for both of us to adjust to this situation. In fact, if you are a registered user of HCA today you will see NO differences for at least a year. That’s 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, with no change in support or function. After that you probably will see no changes for an even longer time.

Why is this happening? Again, if you have read the previous messages (July-11, July-18, July-25) you will know that I am the only person for development and support of what runs on your PC. (There are contract programmers for the cloud and the mobile apps, but without HCA itself they are nonoperational). From my writings I’m sure you got the message that I’m getting to the age where I must plan for the time where I am unable to continue, plus that the whole automation world is moving in a direction that doesn’t include HCA.

I’ve been planning this for a while, and I’ve put together a web page that goes into detail on what is happening and a timeline. It also answers, I hope, the anticipated questions I expect to get. Please go there and read carefully.

If you have additional questions, please email me at the general support address.

Next week, I’ll be returning to the sort of technical and interesting stuff about automation in general, and HCA in specific, that I have been doing for years now.

Thanks for reading.

 
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