While I agree that being able to manually control a switch is still a good thing, my goal with automating is to eliminate (or GREATLY reduce) the need to do so. Perhaps, someday, I may achieve this goal.
Agreed, but I always strive to maintain as close to 100% manual control ability, IF my controller is down. One of the reasons I went UPB, and I try to maintain as MUCH of my "automation" as I can at the UPB layer. I use Homeseer to just monitor and influence behavior of the switches.