Each week – well nearly every week – we send an email to all HCA users and those who added themselves to our list. Sometimes we discuss recent technical support questions, and the answers are often of interest to everyone. Other times an interesting HCA application or HCA visual programs is looked at. And sometimes you get treated to thoughts on automation, programming concepts, or the future direction of HCA. It’s never junk or just an advertisement for HCA, and often entertaining. Below are some recent messages that might be of interest.
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17-Sep: Environmental control? What can you tell me?
10-Sep: Tick-Tock on the HCA Cloud
3-Sep: A tale of two tools
27-Aug: Fun with Tiles
20-Aug: My automation thoughts
6-Aug: HCA 18.0.6
30-July: One year to go!
23-July: Just one program is best
16-July: What's new in the library?
9-July: Single object logs
2-July: External IP address and getting data from a web page
25-June: Programming technique applied to IP Devices
18-June: HCA 18.0.5 / More on Hue lights
11-June: Programmer techniques
4-June: The programmer INS button does what?
27-May: HCA 18
21-May: Thoughts for a happy life (repeat)
14-May: Future plans
30-Apr: Data checking
23-Apr: Expression tool
16-Apr: Weather data?
9-Apr: Handling communication errors
2-Apr: Power Cycle fix very rude but it works
26-Mar: Time to cleanup what doesn't spark joy
19-Mar: Better low battery detection
12-Mar: Health Check package version 1
5-Mar: HCA 17.0.56
26-Feb: Coming attractions
19-Feb: Voice assistant updates - quick reference
5-Feb: Hardware upgrades
29-Jan: HCA 17.0.52
22-Jan: More interfacing devices with Hubitat and HCA
15-Jan: Are we done?
8-Jan: Blink cameras and ZWave keypads
2-Jan: HCA 17.0.50
18-Dec: The road ahead
11-Dec: Predictive Control, next part
4-Dec: Eliminating program errors
27-Nov: Getting organized
20-Nov: Just how important is access to data in your life?
13-Nov: IP Addressed devices and a new library package to help with that
6-Nov: Deeper look into HCA 17.0.48
30-Oct: HCA 17.0.48
23-Oct: Controlling the uncontrollable? Maybe it's possible!
16-Oct: Maybe swap some Insteon for ZWave?
9-Oct: Where do we go from here?
2-Oct: A year of stuff
25-Sept: How software support should work
11-Sept: HCA - Sometimes not in the drivers seat
4-Sept: Ready for Fall? Plus a BIG offer to improve your HCA installation
28-Aug: A BIG Rant about technical documentation and products
21-Aug: ZWave Keypads
14-Aug: Extensions to HCA Web Server
7-Aug: HCA 17.0.47
31-July: HCA as a web server (part 2) and more fun with Kimberly's Android mobile
24-July: HCA as a web server and Kimberly shows off her Android mobile
17-July: Tools you need to be using
10-July: Hubitat one last time!
3-July: New long-term-running features for HCA
26-June: Really, a new HCA version? Why?
19-June: HCA 17.0.46
12-June: A bit of philosophy about software development as a business
5-June: Quick Device Control
29-May: New Mobile Apps
22-May: Power saving ideas
15-May: Battery powered devices, part 2
8-May: Battery powered devices, part 1
1-May: Self help
24-Apr: A look into the future
17-Apr: Hubitat voice control, part 2
10-Apr: Murder mystery
3-Apr: Voice control without the HCA Cloud
27-Mar: Programs that run periodically
13-Mar: Adapting to changes in Gmail
6-Mar: Possibilities for today and tomorrow
20-Feb: Sometimes it really is zebras
6-Feb: Thinking far into the future
30-Jan: Consider the cable tie...
23-Jan: Sensors I know and love plus easy to download documentation
16-Jan: Always buy two!
9-Jan: New hardware. Failing hardware
2-Jan: The Cloud
26-Dec: Where did my program go?
19-Dec: A dozen maxims for a happy life
12-Dec: Get your library card!
5-Dec: New device support
28-Nov: Be a detective
21-Nov: Program Triggers
14-Nov: Support update
7-Nov: Whatever works
31-Oct: A rookie mistake
24-Oct: Not an error but unexpected
17-Oct: HCA, read my email
10-Oct: The case of the hall light being on
3-Oct: Birthday greetings!
26-Sep: A change in the weather is comming
19-Sep: Don't look - just walk
12-Sep: Shades of white
5-Sep: Matching lighting to my eyes
29-Aug: HCA as a web server?
22-Aug: Fun with motion sensors
15-Aug: Calling all Hubitat - HCA Users
8-Aug: Follow-up to last week's important HCA announcement
1-Aug: Important HCA Announcement
25-July: Thoughts on the future of automation
18-July: HCA and me: A journey in the way-back machine
11-July: The web of life and being one very small part
4-July: Sensors I know and love
27-June: Common Support Questions
20-June: Error Handling in programs
13-June: Unsupported Device Types in Hubitat
6-June: Backup tool
30-May: An HCA problem to solve
23-May: Library updates!
9-May: Be kind to your log
2-May: Is your data out-of-date?
18-Apr: Long running programs
11-Apr: Backup plan A, B, C, and even D
4-Apr: Class program or Program as a Device?
28-Mar: Building a Sonos interface
21-Mar: Zone Manager, part2 and The HCA Cloud
14-Mar: Zone Manager, part1
7-Mar: Responding to a device going on and how you know a device is on for real
28-Feb: NEST thermostats, the HCA Cloud, and library programs
14-Feb: Program with object parameters
7-Feb: Small tips to improve HCA use
24-Jan: Multiple trigger types on a single program
17-Jan: HCA Cloud changes
10-Jan: Better programming
3-Jan: Smarter Keypads
27-Dec: Google Assistant
20-Dec: Programs as devices
13-Dec: Funny characters
6-Dec: Concepts of Resiliency and Kaizen
29-Nov: Working with icons
22-Nov: Predictive Control, part 2 and Outdoor lighting
15-Nov: Discussing the obvious or not so obvious
8-Nov: Predective control
1-Nov: Auto-Off as a method for programs
25-Oct: Part year lighting control
18-Oct: Control UI Project
11-Oct: Digging into V17
4-Oct: Auto Annotate
20-Sep: Version 17 - GO!
13-Sep: Version 17 - Get Ready
6-Sep: The online library, part 2
30-Aug: The online library, part 1
23-Aug: Mark, Find, and Process
16-Aug: Infrastructure improvements
9-Aug: Bugs I have known and deeply un-loved
2-Aug: One day build: Tracking ON time
26-July: Looking at programs as a picture and new technical notes
19-July: One-day-build: Better messaging
12-July: Thoughts on automation and new sensor technical notes
5-July: All about icon themes
28-June: Upgrade? Finally a light sensor!
21-June: HCA for all users
14-June: Program debugger deep dive, part 5
7-June: Program debugger deep dive, part 4
31-May: Program debugger deep dive, part 3
24-May: Program debugger deep dive, part 2
17-May: Program debugger deep dive, part 1
10-May: Programming Questions
03-May: Miscellaneous tips and tricks
26-Apr: Lots o' support questions
19-Apr: V17 Open Beta
12-Apr: The magic of chemistry
05-Apr: Who has weather info?
29-Mar: Logs and Icons
21-Mar: Expression triggers? Discouraged.
15-Mar: Daily report and good voice assistant names
08-Mar: A compendium of miscellany
23-Feb: Beware the plus sign!
02-Feb: Increasing your installation reliability
19-Jan: Reliability and bug reporting?
12-Jan: HCA has email!?
05-Jan: What are "tags" and why are they important?
09-Dec: Thoughts on X10 and SmartThings.
24-Nov: The X Files: A few very odd problems and solutions.
10-Nov: Cloud supported devices like LIFX and Sonos.
03-Nov: Installing HCA many places? Here is how.
27-Oct: Understanding HTML Folder copy and handling Alerts.
20-Oct: Two tools not to be missed: The Visual Program Debugger and the Network device tool.
13-Oct: Setting the Control UI Home page and using the File format tool.
06-Oct: Why name Schedule entries? How to use VBScript with HCA
08-Sep: Think of HCA as a "hub" and it all makes sense plus the Program References and Referenced-By tabs.
21-Jul: HCA 201: A series on how to build a status display. Learn about programs and tiled displays.