Snippet: Being Controversial For the Sake Of It ☇

Shared on January 8, 2024

Nick Heer:

Anyway, [David Heinemeier] Hansson says a new build of Hey Calendar has been submitted purely to address the issue of it not doing anything unless someone logs in, and the thing the app will do is show anniversaries of notable days in Apple’s history. […]

Stephen Hackett, creator of the Apple History Calendar:

For each of my three Kickstarters, I’ve included digital versions of the highlighted dates for people to import into their calendar apps.

Coincidences happen, right? It is not like Hackett owns these dates and, according to Hackett, it appears Hey’s data is entirely unique and not a duplicate of the Apple History Calendar. But this is Hansson who reverted to type to make it clear that, yes, this was a spiritual ripoff:

This is essentially a digital version of the 2024 Apple History Calendar that raised over $40,000 on Kickstarter. Apple has a rich history that lots of people want to relive, and we’re giving them that inside the beautiful HEY Calendar app. For free!

What a dick.

Apple isn’t blameless in this, with a famously opaque and confusing App Store review process. However, Hansson should have learned that an app has to do something when you’re not logged in the first time he tangled with Apple over Hey’s email client. He seems hell-bent on picking fights with Apple for the sake of proving a point, then turns around and blatantly rips off something created for enjoyment by someone not even involved in this fight to prove a point. I find it especially curious, as Hackett has never been overly critical of Hansson, Basecamp, or Hey, but this certainly leaves a bad taste in my mouth, arguably a potential customer for Hey’s products.

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