I'm going to be in Southeast Asia very soon. I just bought the Canon powershot CD550... my question is do the computers at the internet cafes have the canon instulation programs already? or do I have to bring the install CD with me? I really appreciate any help.
Neither. They have "universal card readers", where you put in the memory card from your camera, and that shows up as an external "hard disk" in explorer, so that you can just copy over the files.
At least that's been the practice everywhere I've been - which doesn't include SE Asia, but I consider it very unlikely for it to be different there.
Just bring along the USB cable for your camera and plug it into the PC. Windows XP will identify and "install" the camera right away. Open up Windows Explorer and look for your camera under My Computer. Click on it and you will find all the photos in there.
This will only work in Windows 2000 and XP. Don't worry though, it's very unlikely that you'll find PCs with Windows 95 and 98 in internet cafes.
I've been to SE Asia 3 times in the last five years. Internet cafes are getting better but you will probably find them very time consuming for burning CDs, if they're even capable at all.
I'm heading back in February. This time I've gone digital and will be using a 60 gig Wolverine Flashpac to dump my CF cards. Total cost is $160 after rebates. Lots of other hard drive storage devices out there but this one is very reasonably priced.
Sander is right, just about every cafe i went to had the universal card readers. You won't need to install anything.