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I live in Vienna in Austria. Vienna - or Wien as it is called in German - is the gorgeous capital of Austria. Vienna is synonymous with a high quality of life, good food, beer and wine, music and gemütlichkeit. I have been living in Vienna on-and-off for the past many years and after a stay in New York, I decided to settle down in this magnificent city.

From Above

From Above

A view from above over the city.

City Hall

City Hall

The city hall is located on the ring road and houses so many events all year.

Burg Theater

Burg Theater

Vienna is also beautiful when the snow falls. In December, most of the inner city is dedicated to so many christmas markets that I've lost count years ago.

Opera House

Opera House

The old opera house is a landmark in the inner city. Located at the ring road close to Karlsplatz, a visitor cannot possibly avoid to take notice of this beautiful building.

Donau Kanal

Donau Kanal

The Donau Kanal that divides the first and second district, is also used for fun purposes. In the summertime, small beaches with beach chairs are right at the waterfront. The "party ships" are open all year, also for Christmas.

Wintertime

Wintertime

At wintertime, Vienna actually feels like a small town - everything moves slowly, which has its own charm.

My Neighborhood

Vienna is a very diverse city where each district has its own vibe and charm. This is from my perspective one of the greatest perks of this city, because you can settle down in a district that fits your mindset.

My street

My street

I live in an area of Vienna called Margareten. Located next to Naschmarkt, the door to The Balkans and the entire eastern region is wide open - I love it.

Building

The building

I live in a commonplace apartment building - one of several thousand in this city.

Chinatown

Chinatown

As an extra bonus, Chinatown is only a couple of blocks away and if you fancy chinese foods there are tons of diners, restaurants and supermarkets readily available.

Fish

Fish

I often buy fish at Naschmarkt. There are more places to go to and they all stock a wide variety of fresh fish.

Cheese

Cheese

When I need some cheese, I go to my "Käse-girls", also at Naschmarkt.

My Place

I live in a nice penthouse with a view over the rooftops to the small mountains surrounding the city. The apartment is what is referred to as a "dachboden ausbau". What this means is that the entire roof is removed from an old house, and a brand new apartment is built on top of the building.

Flat

The flat

I have completely renovated the apartment which also gives it a personal touch.

Kitchen

The kitchen

I love to cook fish in my kitchen - although we don't have any coastline in Austria, fresh fish is readily available.

Kitchen

The "Junk room"

An empty room in the apartment has been turned into a combo of a laundry room, workshop and storage.

Sunset

Sunset

The sun sets over the mountains that surround the city. With a view over the rooftops to the small mountains surrounding the city, I cannot possibly complain.

Terrace at day

Terrace at day

It often gets very hot on the terrace so a parasol is a must. On the positive side is that I almost live on the terrace when the weather allows it.

Terrace at night

Terrace at night

In the hot summer nights I often use the terrace until midnight.

Beer for one

Beer for one

Just what I needed on a hot day!

Dinner for two

Dinner for two

Eating outside simply is a must!

Summer

Summer

In the early summer, all the flowers bloom.

Autumn

Autumn

When the Autumn comes, the leaves on many plants turn a beautiful dark red color.

Winter

Winter

Unfortunately the winter in Vienna can be quite cold with loads of snow.

T-Storm

T-Storm

Thunderstorms are quite frequent in the summertime, and make a beautiful show for anyone to enjoy.

Selfie

Selfie

Selfie on the terrace.

New Year's

New Year's in Vienna

You can feel the thick ambience of happiness in the city center on New Year's eve.

Contact

My home address

Torben Ring
Kleine Neugasse 13/1/22
A-1050 Vienna
Austria

My location

Skype me

My Skype username is ringdk. Due to spam on Skype, I'm currently running Skype in a closed contacts mode, so you need to exchange contact info to call me or to use the chat option.

Skype me

Mail me

You can send me a mail by clicking the button. If I do not answer, your mail has been deleted by my somewhat aggressive anti-spam filter.

Interests

My work
Work

What I do for a living - the short version is that I develop computer software - that's it!

To elaborate on the above, I have to go into greater detail: I am the senior developer of the HELIOS accounting system, which is sold in Scandinavia. The HELIOS system is aimed at the automotive industry and is primarily used in repair shops and paint shops. It is often the only piece of software used for running the entire business, so it has to be fully featured and support the special needs of this particular industry.

My company
Object Pascal Compiler
Pascal

The Pascal-P Object Pascal compiler (PPC) is a Windows compatible x86 and AMD64 Object Pascal cross-compiler. It is completely self contained and generates Windows EXE files for 32-bits and 64-bits Windows. PPC comes with a Windows compatible IDE with an intuitive and easy to use text interface. PPC can also output PCode (a java like bytecode) which can be interpreted and thus can be used to add a programming language to an application.

Download PPC 1.98.1113
Simple PCB Layout Editor
Pascal

The Simple PCB Layout Editor makes it easy to do a prototype board. I developed the program as I found most of the commercially available PCB packages way too difficult to use, and many of those do not allow for a printout for a homemade PCB. And the PCB Editor is free.

Manual Download
Hi-Fi
Hi-Fi

I like to listen to music - but not the common poor quality sound that comes from a set of cheap in-ears plugged into an iPhone. I am more into the heavy stuff where electrostatic speakers, class-A monoblocks and turntables are my foundation for a real joyride.

My Hi-Fi projects
Tube Tester
Tube Tester

I needed a Tube tester - and built one.

My Tube Tester
Ina's paintings
Ina Fasching Ina's paintings

Ina's paintings

A very skilled young artist, Ina Fasching, lives on the same street as me. I actually met her as I went for a beer in a small "Beisl" across the street. I did not know what she actually did, but as I am a curious person I asked her: What do you do, when you are not serving me beer?

She told me that she was an art student at the famous art school here in Vienna. Of course I wanted to see her paintings, and I liked them very much.

Der Köning

Der König

Kirchengang

Kirchengang

Die umarmung

Die umarmung

Sperrstunde

Sperrstunde

(tiefdruck) einzug ins haus

(tiefdruck) einzug ins haus

Zwischenspiel am pazifik

Zwischenspiel am pazifik

PCB Editor

Below some screen dumps from my PCB Editor. I plan to write a short manual, but for now intuition will have to do.

My Vinyls

Even though digital music has been with us for decades now, I stil prefer the sound of my vinyls. Yes, I know - vinyls can be hard to deal with, they get dirty and are heavy, but still I love them. And the feeling of putting a real record on, is second to none.

Hi-Fi Projects

I like to build Hi-Fi equipment myself. It gives me the possibility to play with various setups and change things on the fly. At the same time, I have full control over the component and build quality.

Restoration of a second hand Linn LP12.

My 4 stage tube RIAA/Line preamplifier.

My 5 stage tube RIAA/Line preamplifier.

RCA Power Amplifier.

I am currently building my own version of the somewhat famous RCA power stage from 1970.

This stage is used in more commercially available amplifiers like the NAIM NAP-250. I have made quite a few modifications to the original design, most importantly I have decoupled the input stage from the driver/power stage of the amplifier to lower noise and improve stability. I have never been a huge fan of the NAIM power regulator boards as they just give a higher output impedance than a more simple rectification circuit does. So I have designed a low-impedance rectification circuit to feed the amplifier boards.

Photos to come...

My Tube Tester

When dealing with tube based equipment it is equally important to be able to test tubes, and I realized I was in need of a tube tester. Back in the 50's and 60's, tube testers were commercially available, but nowadays they are an almost extinct species, which left me with two options. Either I had to buy a vintage tester and give it a major overhaul or build a new one from scratch. I opted for the latter as I found an excellent design done by Steve Bench. I used his basic design and modified it to my own needs.

MAME Box

This album shows the Step by Step process that I went through when I was building my arcade cabinet. The cabinet is used for both real arcade games where I have bought the entire electronics (boards, EPROMs etc.) from scrapped arcade machines, and for MAME. But as it takes time to change boards, I've dumped the EPROMs and use them with MAME instead. Further, I can avoid the use of the special graphics adapter that is needed when I run the original boards with a modern monitor. It was somewhat problematic to dump the very old EPROMs (eg. 2708), as they needed more voltages - often negative - than their modern counterparts that run off a single 5 volts supply.