Engineer seeks to modernise domestic shopping (31-12-2004) HA NOI — For someone who may be too lazy to go out for lunch sometimes, a third-year Vietnamese software engineer studying at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia may have the solution. Ngo Chi Duc named his project “dshop” capitalising on the Vietnamese word-play of “going shopping”. The idea of dshop grew out of Duc and his Pythis Software Company co-workers’ boredom with the food at their nearby restaurant. He first conceived of a machine that could be installed in trade centres and offices that allowed people to order lunch on the internet, however with unreliable internet access in Viet Nam he thought the food orders would take too long. Instead he chose a wireless, 54Mbps local area network replacement that does not depend on internet. From there, Duc expanded dshop to become an e-shopping machine that offered all kinds of goods. Duc’s concept of dshop was a model for a next-generation facsimile machine that combines a web interface, wireless access, data collection and faxing. Wherever dshop is installed, users can use wireless access for their purchases. “After selecting goods, with just one click, the order will be automatically sent to shops’ fax machines and the goods will be delivered right away,” Duc said. A software engineering student in Australia, Duc had to earn a living to support himself. He worked tirelessly every weekend to earn AS$700 to 800 (US$530-610) per month or just enough for a frugal lifestyle….