Home Control Assistant Newsletter for Oct 30 2022

Have you read the Important Announcement posted on August 1, 2021? If you haven't you need to.
HCA 17.0.48 is now available for download

This build contains several bug fixes and functional changes. If you are currently using HCA 17.0.46 or later you can download and install this new build at no cost. If you are using an older version of HCA, please review your options in these past weekly messages here and here.

Downloading this is the same as always: Go to the HCA website current version page, enter your V17 reg code, and the resultant page contains the link to the download. Use the same password as you used for the upgrade to 17.0.46 and 17.0.47. If you lost your V17 reg code or the password, send me an email and I'll help you out but you have to promise me that you will save them away for the next time!

Besides the bug fixes there are a changes that I'll introduce here, but will go into in much greater detail in the coming weeks.

Updated Daily Report
I wanted to use the daily report from my personal system to report on some sensor data. Since I like building tools rather than facilities that benefit only a single person - even me - I changed how the daily report works. You can now rearrange the sections and also create programs that contribute whole sections. And there is a very cool way to do that that you probably already have. More on that next week.

More program icons
In working with users on Team Viewer I found it hard to find a specific program from a field of identical program icons. So I created new program icons that are handy for programs that have a specific purpose - like reading email, or handling alerts. There are now programs icons just for uses like that.

Improved New Program wizard
The New Program Wizard can create the framework for programs that have a specific use. One of the most useful is how to create a program that acts like a device. How that is done evolved over time and the documentation and the New Program Wizard didn't keep pace. Now the implementation framework the wizard creates is much more complete.
Periodically I try and clean out my office of some of the testing hardware that I have accumulated. Most are items that I purchased a while back. Most are "used" but they were never installed so didn’t get day-to-day usage. Some were for projects that never happened so never got used at all.

I do not want to spend a lot of time on this, but rather then just dumping it all into electronic waste I’m offering it up at very nominal prices to those who may want something. There is a lot of Insteon stuff so that may help some of you looking for replacements.

I do not want to spend the time to list it all on ebay. I took some quick pictures and have a simple pricing plan. You can see it all in the PDF link.

There is important info at the top of the PDF and lots of pictures – most links – that you can zoom in to look closely.

If you want something or have a question, send me an email. First person who asks for something gets it. This isn’t an auction.

I’ll be honest, there is some good stuff and other stuff useful as spares of things you already have. But then again, your wants and needs may be different than mine.
If you are using a version of HCA prior to version 17, you may have questions about the wisdom of upgrading to version 17 given the future of HCA. Here is something to consider:

The support policy for older HCA versions has been changed
 as I can no longer devote time to past version users. Support will only be available for HCA 17 users.

If you are on version 16 or earlier and want to continue using the cloud features and want to be assured that if you have a question that it gets answered, it is indeed time to upgrade.

HCA is fully operational for several more years so the update cost, spread out over that time, is very little. Knowing support is available when you need it is worth it.
Upgrade to HCA 17
Anyone who is using Hubitat with HCA – not SmartThings – please drop me a note as I would like to add you to a discussion list for those users. I have some Hubitat ideas that I would like to “kick around” and it would help to have a group of users who have experience with Hubitat. Please just send a note to the regular support address saying you would like to be added to that discussion list.
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