Henry is a bit of a paradox, he steadfastly refuses to compromise quality even if his reputation for timeliness takes a hit. As I've said before, he could have filled his backlog months ago with sub par parts.
Henry has never had a reputation for timeliness. He has only had a reputation for building tough reliable lights, but the legend is a little bigger than reality. He will fix them though when they do fail (although not always timely), and many of the last designs did fail out of the box until various processes and designs were fixed. The HDS interface is probably still the best and helps keep these lights enjoyable to use; I find the Zebralight interface though almost as good for urban EDC use and it's simpler in case you need to hand your light to someone (not that I recommend loaning good tools).
I've been very infrequent on the forums, because there are many quality lights today that are good usable reliable tools for EDC and the lumen output and runtime it sufficient for general EDC use and high frequency occupational usage. I just try to check in when I need to find gifts or when I hear about important new LED technology making its way into an emitter. I'm a big fan of ZebraLight these days even with their imperfect QC process. HDS is still nice, but other manufactures offer more lumens and/or runtime for your dollar if you value that more than absolute robustness in a properly assembled HDS light. Of course not every one can wait more than a year for a light with little communication. Henry certainly is certainly not handling issues as well as he did in the past, sure he stopped in to post what he considered some good news... but updating the website 9 months ago with a delivery date of "unknown/indefinite" would have been much more honest like the Henry of many/many years ago. He's still a good talker, but it's been more talk than in the past.
Many people who EDC a light though do like absolute reliability, so hopefully the report of HDS getting their *** together will in fact be true and HDS light will be able to evolve again with the latest technology and at a competitive price for this niche industry. Let's hope a Christmas miracle shines on HDS as it's still a little to early in development of the LED light to have them recycled like old batteries.