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1. Posted by alexw57 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


this is the first time I will be travelling the world and I do want to take photos. Obviously my 1 GB memory card will fill up and so I want to upload my photos to my website. My question is how easy is it to get photos off your camera in internet cafes??

Do MOST cafes let you plug in USB devices (ie digital cameras)?

Do MOST have FTP clients?

Can you create folders on their computers?

I assume many cafes have restrictions because of viruses etc.

If people could tell me about their experiences with uploading photos and general experiences I would be very grateful

Thanks in advance

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5236 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Uploading a gigabyte at a time takes a seriously long time in most internet cafes. Rather, the common method for dealing with this is to have the contents of your memory card burned to CD (or DVD) - twice. Keep one with you, send one home by mail (ideally getting feedback on it arriving safely; so that if it doesn't, you can get your CD duplicated again).
All internet cafes will have a way set up for burning CDs from memory cards. Some will want to do this at the counter, others will just hand you an empty CD and wave you to a computer to figure it out on your own.

For the actual questions you asked: those things differ on a country to country, and usually even on an internet cafe to internet cafe basis. Based on my limited experience (Australia, New Zealand, Canada) I'd say "yes" to all of them, for about 75% of internet cafes. (The most common security practice - if any is in place at all beyond waving a dead voodoo chicken around - is to restore the contents of the harddisk from a ghost image every day and to make the user not have Administrator access. Beyond that you basically have free reign (and so do those who would install keyloggers and various other nasty stuff which can reside in the boot memory; if you do use FTP, better make certain the FTP account has very limited rights on the server).)

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 31, 2007, at 3:45 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by jwhitten (Inactive 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Don't leave home with a single 1 gig card, unless you have a 1 megapixel camera. Get yourself at least 2 cards with 2-4 gigs. You cannot count on being able to upload or burn CDs. I have traveled to China and the Philippines. It takes 2-4 weeks to mail anything to the US from the Philippines. Most of the cafes there have decent connections, but not good enough to upload 1 or more gigs very fast although most of them will burn a CD for you.

Consider a portable device for file storage also.

If you can afford to travel the world, surely you can afford a couple of decent sized cards :)


4. Posted by miguel_es (Full Member 114 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I visit a lot of countries around the world (latin america, asia, ..) and i have no problems to find a Cyber - Cafe for upload a photo. It´s like the coke, you can find internet every-were.
I usual take 200 or 300 photos a day in high quality. I burn a cd or dvd in a cyber, then edit the photos that i like in a computer (usually you can find some photo edit software) and upload the photo to my site or send by mail to my friends.

5. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member 121 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I uploaded my pics onto the computer in the internet cafes first and then burnt them to disc. I was able to do this in Australia, New Zealand and USA. I didn't have a website so from the file I created I was sending some of them as huge attachments in e-mails to friends.

6. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Definately make 2 copies and send one home, i didn´t for my last dvd full stupidly, and of course, thats the one that broke :( had some of the best shots of my trip on it too!

7. Posted by MissCaswell (Budding Member 82 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I did SA-Asia and only once was I told I couldn't plug my camera in, so there you go.
And yes i could create folders but i always deleted them as soon as i was done.

I think the only input into this is don't go the way of writing your pictues to a cd and keeping them that way. Written cd's are so unreliable and you might end up loosing all your favorites.

I'm a bit nutso about keeping pictures so before i went i set up a new account and paid a small fee for unlimited uploads. When I had the time I uploaded all my pics into albums which worked in two ways - i was happy my pics were safe and my friends and family were happy to see where i was...
(It does offer you to have private or public photo's so you can choose)

Yeah it does take time sometimes but if you pick the right places and get to know the people there's no saying that you *have* to sit by the computer the whole time.
I found a lil internet cafe in Koh Tao in Thailand where i could plug my camera in, go have dinner down the road and come back to find everything in it's place.
(I even took my cell there once when i was buying flight tickets and forgot my phone there, when i came back at 2 in the morning the guy was still there waiting for me to get my phone)

Besides, if you don't find a place like that, use the time and send your mum, dad or someone who loves you e mail and tell them where your at. I'm always as shocked to find that people were actually worried about me on the way..

Anyways, i know some people will disagree but i've just seen too many people on the road with banged up cd's and wiped out memorycards..

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 11, 2007, at 2:37 AM by unnurse ]