As it turns out, Wichita is a small town. The Eagle, convinced that Smith had hacked Kansas.com and taken down their entire payment system, was livid. Even though Smith hadn't put his company's name on the extension or his Twitter profile, the paper called his employer. "They literally thought I had disabled all functionality on their website," Smith said. Update: The paper denies there was a misunderstanding about the extent of Smith's interference. "At no time did anyone here ever think he had disabled the paywall or functionality of our website. That's just absurd," Sherry Chisenhall, editor and senior vice president of news at the paper, says in an email. "The issue was always the enabling, sharing and promoting of theft from our company." According to Smith, Sullivan Higdon and Sink continued to tell other employees that he had hacked the Eagle's website.
I'm disappointed I have to even mention it, but just a reminder that everything I post on here is unrelated to my employer unless specified.
— Chad Smith (@chadsmith) October 7, 2014
"You just can't see a wall like this without wondering how you can get around it," he wrote at the time. "I love the New York Times, don't say that I forced you to not pay for it."The Times sent Hayes a copyright complaint, forcing him to change the name to NYClean, but there was no legal action. Eventually, the company fortified its paywall and NYClean no longer works.Unfortunately for freeloaders, the Eagle reported Kansas.com Jailbreak to the Google Chrome store and had it removed because "its purpose is to enable theft," according to Chisenhall. (The Eagle's paywall was down as of last week due to an "unrelated issue," according to the paper, but ordinarily kicks in after five free articles.)So if you need regular updates on local goings-on such as " West-side hamburger restaurant has closed," "Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perform in Wichita in November," and "Mom sentenced to probation for leaving baby in hot closet," it'll cost you $99 a year.Smith is job hunting and says he has no regrets.Update, 10/13: This story has been updated with quotes from the Eagle.
You just can't see a wall like this without wondering how you can get around it.