I was wondering if uploading pictures from my camera using a usb connection was possible from Cyber Cafes or if anyone knows a way to do this without taking your own laptop with you.
I see no reason why not. Most internet cafes are privately run businesses and are looking to make an honest profit. They may charge you a small additional fee and may want to be present when you use their equipment. That's only reasonable. A little local barganing can go a long way.
This is quite common. If you have a USB adapter to connect and it doesn't make you install software (95% of readers shouldn't) then you're set. Just find a net cafe that isn't so tightly locked down - most aren't. This is how many people update their travel / photo blogs while abroad. As well as full time backpackers like my buddy at www.travelvice.com - 17 months and counting!
Agree you should have no problem. Also I was in a cafe in Rome and they burnt the photos to cd for a customer.
It is also possible to download your digital pictures into an iPod with an adapter, that is if you have an iPod.
You should be OK, a couple of years ago there were some internet places that were leary of you plugging a memory stick into their computer (concerned about viruses and stuff) but as the sticks have become more common, they have accomodated. One handy device is a USB converter for your Camera "chip". Basically a USB connector that your memory stick or chips inserts into. Saves having to connect your camera up to the computer, and can actually be used to store data other than pictures from a computer.
Memory cards are so inexpensive now - you can easily get CompactFlash, SD, MicroSD and other variants in 1GB, 2GB and 4GB regularly for anywhere from $10 to $30. For most cameras, that's hundreds to over 1000 photos depending on settings, more than adequate. I use USB connections for emailing photos to friends and family or adding to my blog while away. (I don't connect my camera, rather I take out the card and use with a small USB reader I take with me.) As long as you know you don't need to install software when you connect your camera or card reader, you should be able to connect to the majority of internet cafes with no problem.
I'm not too tech savvy myself, but in December my daughter (13yo)had no trouble uploading photos directly from our camera onto her blog sight, whenever we could find somewhere for her to do it. I have to say though I didn't find internet places as easy to find as many people have indicated, but we evetually managed.
Please don't laugh at how IT challenged I am! We go into a photo shop, pay 1E and the clerk takes a chip out of our camera and copies the photos onto a tiny disc.
Hey Bob - Services like that exist for a reason! For every IT geek like me, there's plenty of people who aren't necessarily as savvy, or just prefer the convenience of a service that will put your photos on a CD. Though I would caution that you purchase memory cards for your camera that have a sliding switch on them. The switch puts it in read-only mode so no clerk can accidentally delete all your treasured images.