Great thread. I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to all of this. I have a friend who assures me that there are plenty of internet cafe's where I will be travelling (Sydney) that will be willing to let me upload my photos direct from my camera via USB. Is this really the case?
Most internet cafes in India too have their USB ports or CD drives disabled, but usually may have one computer which can be used to load files/docs and am sure any Indian cybercafe owner would be willing to help if the you explain what you are doing
When you upload your photos to CD, what I usually do, is leave it so I have enough room on the card to store like 100 more photos. After uploading to CD, I post the CD back home, and when I get notification that it is home and checked to see that it works, I delete the photos off the card. To put the files on the computer, you'll probably need to bring the link card that you go when the camera was bought, that is designed to plug in to a USB port.
By sending the CD home like I do, it means that if some f***ing moron decides to steal my luggage, or it gets lost on a flight, well all my photos don't go along with it like they would had i not posted them home. If you post the CD's home, make sure it get sent priority airmail, because otherwise you could be waiting many weeks and many months for surface mail and when you only have enough space for about 100 more photos to put on the camera, there is no time to waste. When the CD is got home, you'll have to go back through the camera one by one and delete the photos rather than formatting the card (unless you took two cards with you). If you only have one and you formatted the card when the CD arrived home, well you would lose the photos you had take when the CD was in transit on the way home.
Sending the CD's home can be a risk, but if they take a bit too long to get home, just go and burn another copy, and don't send it home incase that also gets lost. More than likely the CD is just taking a bit longer than expected to get home, because I never had one lost but one did take a bit longer to arrive so I had to burn another copy as I had run out of space on the card. Goodluck.
Here's my plan...
I've just purchased a USB memory card reader. Simple idea that is similar to a memory stick. Just take the memory card out of your digital camera pop it into the memory card reader and plug into the computers USB port - Saves having to carry around the camera cable. The memory card reader can also read different types of memory card - kinda handy i guess. You can buy these at PC world in uk for about £9.99 or i found one for £5.99 on http://www.svp.co.uk.
The memory card reader will appear in windows as a removable disk, so just add the photos to e-mail directly from there.