Renegade Minds is just, well, a bit of a renegade. Here, a lot of rules just don't apply. You'll find applications for end-users along-side code for developers and tutorials for web programmers. Click around and you'll find some humorous pictures from life in the ROK or a blog on politics, ethics, music, or technology. Renegade Minds is not for everyone, but those that it is for can expect a bit more.
Not a faceless site
Despite the mix, there's 1 important difference over other places here at Renegade Minds - a personal touch. I'm not hiding behind some grandious design or imitiating a puffer fish and trying to give the illusion of some big huge company behind this all. And I think that's important. Here, you're not just another anonymous visitor behind a screen that nobody cares about. Here, you're a real person, and you'll get treated as such.
I personally answer ALL emails promptly. Support is always complete and I make sure that problems get solved. And there's a good reason for it - I hate getting support mail that makes it painfully clear that the person answering never read the support request. I don't think that's a great way to treat people. Real problems deserve real solutions.
Consulting & Custom Solutions
While I do not actively solicit new clients, I do receive requests for things ranging from simple 1-off jobs and consulting to more intensive ongoing jobs. With limited time I can't take on every project that comes my way, but if you have something that would prove interesting for me (which is almost anything to do with software, the Internet, or marketing online), there's a good chance that I can help you achieve your objectives, and perhaps even clarify some of them to help you reach your goals better and faster.
A bit about me...
My name is Ryan Smyth and I'm from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, but I live in Seoul, South Korea. I've been here for about a decade, so I suppose that makes me an expat (ugly word really). Incidentally, my sister and aunt and uncle all live in Hong Kong. I suppose that makes them expats too :)
I've been working with computers since I was a kid. I've never used punch cards, but I remember sending email from a UNIX command line. There are certain computer languages that I like, some that I program in, and others that I can read, but don't program in.
I've written many different kinds of software ranging from web applications, server side components and serial servers to media production tools and database applications. Most are not publically available, but a few are. One that's publically available is Audio WASP. There's a lot in it that I'd like to fix up, but I'm no longer with the same company. You can find it at http://maven3d.com.
Like a lot of developers, I also have a "real" job where I take care of international marketing and well, a lot of other things as well.
And yes - I play the guitar too. I also "play around" on the keyboard, but I wouldn't call myself a keyboardist.
My goal here at Renegade Minds is to provide as many people as possible with as much value as I can. For some that's going to be a simple tutorial or a snippit of code. For others it's going to be software to improve their guitar or piano playing. Either way, I hope you enjoy Renegade Minds and take advantage of some of the things I've made available here.