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Anonymous
June 24, 2005 6:54:21 PM

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I have seen several post regarding the off loading of images from
digital cameras while on vacation. Most have suggested buying mini hard
drive type devises, buying extra or larger 'cards' for your camera or
bringing a lap top along.

I do not wish to purchase any new devices, I will be traveling by air
and do not wish to drag along a lap top and I have an older model camera
(with only 32m and 1 64m cards) that I am planning to replace with s
DSLR in the future and therefore do not want to be more cards that will
not fit the new camera.

So, I was wondering if any one has tried this. I have several Jump
Drives (256m) available and was thinking of going to a local library to
transfer the images from the camera directly to the Jump Drive using
windows explorer. Has anyone attempted this? Would libraries allow this?

Thanks for you time. JAB
June 24, 2005 6:54:22 PM

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jbert wrote:
> I have seen several post regarding the off loading of images from
> digital cameras while on vacation. Most have suggested buying mini hard
> drive type devises, buying extra or larger 'cards' for your camera or
> bringing a lap top along.
>
> I do not wish to purchase any new devices, I will be traveling by air
> and do not wish to drag along a lap top and I have an older model camera
> (with only 32m and 1 64m cards) that I am planning to replace with s
> DSLR in the future and therefore do not want to be more cards that will
> not fit the new camera.
>
> So, I was wondering if any one has tried this. I have several Jump
> Drives (256m) available and was thinking of going to a local library to
> transfer the images from the camera directly to the Jump Drive using
> windows explorer. Has anyone attempted this? Would libraries allow this?
>
> Thanks for you time. JAB

An older camera will probably need a driver to interface with a
computer in a library - and I'm certain they'll be locked right down to
prevent any installation of new software. I'd also bet they'd block
mounting a flash drive or another virtual drive (like a camera);
there's too many malicious people out there these days - they destroy
things just because they can. At my local library they only allow
access to the internet (and that is Net-Nanny'd) and the library index;
you can't even open file explorer or run a program.

I did have a similar problem in the past, though. I bought the Delkin
USB Bridge; it'll transfer image files from one USB device (eg. your
camera or a card reader) to any other USB device; both connected
devices have to be able to be recognised as a drive without special
drivers to work with the USB Bridge, but I've got it to work with my
Oly C-5060, a USB HDD, a flash drive, a card reader, and a newer CD
burner so far. Not as cheap as some of the little 2.5" HDD-integrated
devices I've seen if you take the external drive into account, but I
already owned an external drive, so it was reasonable, and it's very
flexible. The integrated 2.5" drive devices have their own internal
power, while I have to use the power supply wall-wart or a battery pack
for my external drive - the USB bridge doesn't supply enough power for
a drive.

Good Luck!
ECM
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 7:21:47 PM

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JAB,

How about this idea--if you find some of the larger retailers nearby
with photo developing in-house (such as Wal-Mart or Walgreens), they
will have a kiosk where you order prints from your digital media.

One of the options I have seen when ordering prints is to burn a copy
of the images onto a CD. So, you insert your SD from the camera, order
a set of prints, and order a CD with your images as your backup.

Yes, this costs a little bit of money, but solves your problem of not
wanting to carry equipment.

Charlie
http://FlyingSamPhoto.com
Got digital photos? Show them off!
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Anonymous
June 24, 2005 7:24:45 PM

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On Friday 24 June 2005 11:54, jbert wrote:

> I have seen several post regarding the off loading of images from
> digital cameras while on vacation. Most have suggested buying mini
> hard drive type devises, buying extra or larger 'cards' for your
> camera or bringing a lap top along.
>
> I do not wish to purchase any new devices, I will be traveling by air
> and do not wish to drag along a lap top and I have an older model
> camera (with only 32m and 1 64m cards) that I am planning to replace
> with s DSLR in the future and therefore do not want to be more cards
> that will not fit the new camera.
>
> So, I was wondering if any one has tried this. I have several Jump
> Drives (256m) available and was thinking of going to a local library
> to transfer the images from the camera directly to the Jump Drive
> using windows explorer. Has anyone attempted this? Would libraries
> allow this?

You'll need to load drivers for your camera onto the library computer.
I don't they will permit that. If they have active USB ports -- my
library doesn't -- you could use a card reader, since it doesn't need a
specific driver other than what the USB port requires. To be more to
the point: I don't think you'll be able to use library computers to do
this. Also, most libraries require you to have a library card to even
use the computers.

An internet cafe or Kinko's might be your best bet. Or maybe you can
befriend someone with a notebook computer and a CD burner. ;-)

For all the trouble you're going through, it might be worth it to buy a
couple 256MB cards, if your camera supports them. I got several on
sale at Walmart, while traveling last month, for $19.95 each. They're
even cheaper used, but watch out for exorbitant shipping charges.

--
Stefan Patric
NoLife Polymath Group
tootek2@yahoo.com
Anonymous
June 24, 2005 7:37:24 PM

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jbert wrote:
> I have seen several post regarding the off loading of images from
> digital cameras while on vacation. Most have suggested buying mini hard
> drive type devises, buying extra or larger 'cards' for your camera or
> bringing a lap top along.
>
> I do not wish to purchase any new devices, I will be traveling by air
> and do not wish to drag along a lap top and I have an older model camera
> (with only 32m and 1 64m cards) that I am planning to replace with s
> DSLR in the future and therefore do not want to be more cards that will
> not fit the new camera.
>
> So, I was wondering if any one has tried this. I have several Jump
> Drives (256m) available and was thinking of going to a local library to
> transfer the images from the camera directly to the Jump Drive using
> windows explorer. Has anyone attempted this? Would libraries allow this?
>
> Thanks for you time. JAB
>

If you are going to be in cities, you can go to Kinko's and they will
download them to a CD for you for about $8-10
But it would be a shame to pay for a CD download to recover only 64 or
96 MB of data.
I'd buy a 512 MB card and make the problem go away so you can spend your
time enjoying your vacation.
If you upgrade to a camera that does not use your newly purchased 512 MB
card, sell it at half price to a friend. Win/Win situation.
Bob Williams
Anonymous
June 25, 2005 1:04:14 AM

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On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 14:54:21 -0400, jbert wrote:

> I do not wish to purchase any new devices, I will be traveling by air
> and do not wish to drag along a lap top and I have an older model camera
> (with only 32m and 1 64m cards) that I am planning to replace with s
> DSLR in the future and therefore do not want to be more cards that will
> not fit the new camera.

It would have been helpful to state what type of cards your
current camera uses as well as how many jump drive disks you
estimate would be needed to hold all of the pictures you plan to
take. It's possible that a single large card would be sufficient.
A possible solution would be to purchase that card, and it would be
usable in your future DSLR by inserting it in an inexpensive
adapter. If your current camera uses CF cards (reading between the
lines I'd guess that it probably doesn't) and you think that your
future DSLR would use SD cards, you could buy a large SD card and
use it temporarily in your current camera by using an inexpensive CF
adapter. Some combination of cards/adapters might work for you, and
would keep you from wasting money on a large card that you'd have no
use for later on. The only additional cost would be that of the
card adapter, which may or may not be of any use after you purchase
your DSLR. The low cost might even be justified on the grounds that
it would eliminate the need to bring jump drives or a lap top with
you and might also spare you the loss of valuable "vacation time"
spent futzing around in a library.
June 25, 2005 1:08:10 AM

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On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 14:54:21 -0400, jbert <james.bertilson@yale.edu>
wrote:

>So, I was wondering if any one has tried this. I have several Jump
>Drives (256m) available and was thinking of going to a local library to
>transfer the images from the camera directly to the Jump Drive using
>windows explorer. Has anyone attempted this? Would libraries allow this?
>

Depends,some places disable the USB ports either in the OS, or by
physically disconnecting / blocking them.

Also it depends if you need to load a driver to get them out of the
camera, you might be better buying a USB card reader (the multi ones
are dirt cheap these days so you'll probably be OK for a future
camera) as they are driverless in XP that most places have. as that
wasy they'll just be seperate removeable drives and you won't need a
driver.
Anonymous
June 25, 2005 2:44:38 AM

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Most library computers should accept a usb jumpdrive type
device...since that is how 95% of all highschool and college students
carry about files to work on. Now their 'working on actual work'
computers might be different than their internet computers at a
specific library, but they definetly should let you open files off a
usb jumpdrive. A usb->flash reader should look just like a usb
jumpdrive (removeable device), so you should be able to read a card
through something like that. However, I'm 99% sure all libraries would
have the computer locked down so you could only view those files, but
not copy them to the hard-drive to accomplish what you really want to.
Hmm, let me think, if there were two active usb ports then you possibly
could copy directly from one to the other and you wouldn't be storing
anything locally on that computer so it'd probably let you do
that...worth a try atleast.

You didn't say what type of cards you have now (smartmedia, CF, etc),
if you are getting a dSLR in the near future almost everyone of them
uses CF cards, so if your camera does now too (good chance of that) you
would not be wasting your money on a new card. Memory cards are not
expensive, a slower (all you would need with your current camera) 1-gig
card is around $70 online or less, with shipping...to me it would make
more sense to get that than to mess around with going to libraries,
maybe paying for time on computers or having prints made, if in another
city, taking taxis around, etc...you could blow far more than $70 with
all the hassles of having too small of memory card...

Good Luck...
Anonymous
June 25, 2005 8:47:45 AM

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Gavin wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 14:54:21 -0400, jbert <james.bertilson@yale.edu>
> wrote:
>
>
>>So, I was wondering if any one has tried this. I have several Jump
>>Drives (256m) available and was thinking of going to a local library to
>>transfer the images from the camera directly to the Jump Drive using
>>windows explorer. Has anyone attempted this? Would libraries allow this?
>>
>
>
> Depends,some places disable the USB ports either in the OS, or by
> physically disconnecting / blocking them.
>
> Also it depends if you need to load a driver to get them out of the
> camera, you might be better buying a USB card reader (the multi ones
> are dirt cheap these days so you'll probably be OK for a future
> camera) as they are driverless in XP that most places have. as that
> wasy they'll just be seperate removeable drives and you won't need a
> driver.
>
>
They are also, mostly, USB drives, which in your scenario (disabled
USB), would be as useless as the Jumpdrive.
A better answer is that the Jumpdrive should work just fine if USB ports
are available on the library machines.


--
Ron Hunter rphunter@charter.net
June 25, 2005 2:31:46 PM

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jbert wrote:
> I have seen several post regarding the off loading of images from
> digital cameras while on vacation. Most have suggested buying mini hard
> drive type devises, buying extra or larger 'cards' for your camera or
> bringing a lap top along.
>
> I do not wish to purchase any new devices, I will be traveling by air
> and do not wish to drag along a lap top and I have an older model camera
> (with only 32m and 1 64m cards) that I am planning to replace with s
> DSLR in the future and therefore do not want to be more cards that will
> not fit the new camera.
>
> So, I was wondering if any one has tried this. I have several Jump
> Drives (256m) available and was thinking of going to a local library to
> transfer the images from the camera directly to the Jump Drive using
> windows explorer. Has anyone attempted this? Would libraries allow this?
>
> Thanks for you time. JAB
>
Most US public libraries offer some level of computer service, but there is a great deal
of variability. An alternative is to take your cards to a camera shop that can copy the
files to a CD.
Anonymous
June 27, 2005 5:42:47 PM

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Thanks for the responses.

The help I really need is beyond this group. Last year I took my lap top
along and down loaded the 4 - 32m and 1 64m smart media cards 3 times
from the c700. That's 576m. I also had a Sony T1 with 2 - 256m pro
memory stick duo and I down loaded 1. Since I am flying this year, I do
not want to bring along the lap top. The problem is in addition to these
two cameras and a camcorder, I also had a 35m slr that I took 10 rolls
of slides, an olympus epic that I took 10 rolls of prints (as you can
see I am still not committed to digital 100%) and an unfinished
disposable camera for a total of 7 cameras. (I did relent an leave a
second 35m slr home.)

That's why I want to convert to a digital slr, that will probably not
use smart media or be a sony, so I can consolidate the cameras I drag
along. However, there is not enough time this year to practice on a new
camera before I leave so I will be doing the same, less the disposable one.

JAB


ASAAR wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Jun 2005 14:54:21 -0400, jbert wrote:
>
>
>>I do not wish to purchase any new devices, I will be traveling by air
>>and do not wish to drag along a lap top and I have an older model camera
>>(with only 32m and 1 64m cards) that I am planning to replace with s
>>DSLR in the future and therefore do not want to be more cards that will
>>not fit the new camera.
>
>
> It would have been helpful to state what type of cards your
> current camera uses as well as how many jump drive disks you
> estimate would be needed to hold all of the pictures you plan to
> take. It's possible that a single large card would be sufficient.
> A possible solution would be to purchase that card, and it would be
> usable in your future DSLR by inserting it in an inexpensive
> adapter. If your current camera uses CF cards (reading between the
> lines I'd guess that it probably doesn't) and you think that your
> future DSLR would use SD cards, you could buy a large SD card and
> use it temporarily in your current camera by using an inexpensive CF
> adapter. Some combination of cards/adapters might work for you, and
> would keep you from wasting money on a large card that you'd have no
> use for later on. The only additional cost would be that of the
> card adapter, which may or may not be of any use after you purchase
> your DSLR. The low cost might even be justified on the grounds that
> it would eliminate the need to bring jump drives or a lap top with
> you and might also spare you the loss of valuable "vacation time"
> spent futzing around in a library.
>
!