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dswarthout

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I'm heading to New Zealand in January for a three month bicycle trip and
wonder about the availablilty of Internet or cybercafes where I might be
able to send digital photos to the US via email. I know Internet for
general emailing is available everywhere but are cafes that offer upload
capability available, common, rare?

Also, seeing as I'm taking a digital camera and its batteries will need
to be recharged every so often, what sort of power line plugs are in use
in NZ? Here in the US we use a two-bladed plug that is, well, ubiquitous
but I've seen other plugs for travel in Europe that look nothing like
the U.S. standard one. Can anyone help?

Thanks, Dave Swarthout Homer, Alaska



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Ray Peace

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Greetings, <br>
You're going to have problems with the plugs, as the US uses
110 volts and NZ uses 240 volts, so try minimising any mains gadgets you
may have, as none of them will work. Adaptor plugs for 240 volt devices are
available from travel shops. <br>
Cheers, <br>
Ray. <br>
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davef

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***
I know Internet for general emailing is available everywhere but are
cafes that offer upload capability available, common, rare?
***

My bet is "rare". My son says, "Starbucks are planning on putting
infared capability in their shop in Christchurch". He thinks that maybe
if you talk nicely to the provider you could install the software on the
computer you are hiring.

If you want to provide some more details of what is involved I could
make a few phone calls.

***
Here in the US we use a two-bladed plug that is, well, ubiquitous but
I've seen other plugs for travel in Europe that look nothing like the
U.S. standard one. Can anyone help?
***

Well, not "ubiquitous enough"! NZ and Australia use a rather unusual 3
pin plug. Also, we are 240 Volts and 50 Hz which might make a
difference.

Cheers davef



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Deep Freud Moors

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On 17 Nov 2003 06:30:14 +1050, dswarthout
<[email protected]> wrote:

>I'm heading to New Zealand in January for a three month bicycle trip and
>wonder about the availablilty of Internet or cybercafes where I might be
>able to send digital photos to the US via email. I know Internet for
>general emailing is available everywhere but are cafes that offer upload
>capability available, common, rare?
>
>Also, seeing as I'm taking a digital camera and its batteries will need
>to be recharged every so often, what sort of power line plugs are in use
>in NZ? Here in the US we use a two-bladed plug that is, well, ubiquitous
>but I've seen other plugs for travel in Europe that look nothing like
>the U.S. standard one. Can anyone help?
>
>Thanks, Dave Swarthout Homer, Alaska


Hey Dave,

New Zealand uses the same plug as Australia, with 240V, 50Hz supply.
Nothing like any European ones. You may need a whole new recharger for
your camera. If you are coming via SE Asia, stop off and buy one, coz
it will probably be cheaper than in NZ.

Internet cafes are in any decent sized town in NZ, but whether or not
they will let you plug your camera into a computer is questionable.

You should try posting to rec.travel.australia+nz, coz this really is
their area!
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hippy

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"dswarthout" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> I'm heading to New Zealand in January for a three month bicycle trip

and
> wonder about the availablilty of Internet or cybercafes where I might

be
> able to send digital photos to the US via email. I know Internet for
> general emailing is available everywhere but are cafes that offer

upload
> capability available, common, rare?


Do you mean "upload" as in transfer the images from the
camera to the computer for sending or do you mean, say,
ftp to a remote server from an internet cafe?

If you mean tranfer from camera, in Japan I got the photo
labs to burn cd's containing the images taken from the
CompactFlash card in the camera. You could get this
done and then just email the images by attaching them
from the CD in normal internet cafes.
You could also get yourself a small card reader which
just plugs into the computer via USB. These are pretty
cheap and heaps faster than camera-pc transfer anyway.
You still have to convince the 'net cafe to let you plug it
in though and it might need driver software on older
versions of Windows.
The cafes may even have compact flash (or other) card
readers available for use?

hippy
 
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tony f

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On 17 Nov 2003 06:30:14 +1050, dswarthout
<[email protected]> wrote:

>I'm heading to New Zealand in January for a three month bicycle trip and
>wonder about the availablilty of Internet or cybercafes where I might be
>able to send digital photos to the US via email. I know Internet for
>general emailing is available everywhere but are cafes that offer upload
>capability available, common, rare?


We only tried in one, and if we'd had the cables, and software, we'd
have had success - but we didn't. ;^(

Internet cafes were in most big towns and a few smmaller ones.

Someone else mentioned places that will burn from camera (or direct
from cards) to CD - these are everywhere, and have the added bonus of
freeing up your camera's card for more shots - and you'll want to take
lots - NZ is beautiful.

Tony F
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Mike

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Ray Peace wrote:
> Greetings,
> You're going to have problems with the plugs, as the US
> uses 110 volts and NZ uses 240 volts, so try minimising any mains
> gadgets you may have, as none of them will work.


Thats not true. Lots of power supplies sold in the US are multi-voltage
switch-mode devices. Just check the label.
 
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dswarthout

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Tony F wrote:
> On 17 Nov 2003 06:30:14 +1050, dswarthout
> <[email protected]> wrote:
> >I'm heading to New Zealand in January for a three month bicycle trip
> >and wonder about the availablilty of Internet or cybercafes where I
> >might be able to send digital photos to the US via email. I know
> >Internet for general emailing is available everywhere but are cafes
> >that offer upload capability available, common, rare?

> We only tried in one, and if we'd had the cables, and software, we'd
> have had success - but we didn't. ;^(
> Internet cafes were in most big towns and a few smmaller ones.
> Someone else mentioned places that will burn from camera (or direct from
> cards) to CD - these are everywhere, and have the added bonus of freeing
> up your camera's card for more shots - and you'll want to take lots - NZ
> is beautiful.
> Tony F www.thefathippy.com



Thanks to all who responded for the quality feedback. My camera uses
compact flash memory and I already have a CF reader with USB connector,
so that part's taken care of. Burning a CD once in a while and sending
it home is an excellent idea (and one I hadn't thought of), so all I
need to do is locate a charger or adapter that will allow me to charge
my Nikon's batteries using the NZ power plug. Now that I know what's
required I'm sure I can find something on the Internet that will work.
Thanks again, Dave Swarthout



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dswarthout

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davef wrote:
> ***
> I know Internet for general emailing is available everywhere but are
> cafes that offer upload capability available, common, rare?
> ***
> My bet is "rare". My son says, "Starbucks are planning on putting
> infared capability in their shop in Christchurch". He thinks that maybe
> if you talk nicely to the provider you could install the software on the
> computer you are hiring.
> If you want to provide some more details of what is involved I could
> make a few phone calls.
> ***
> Here in the US we use a two-bladed plug that is, well, ubiquitous but
> I've seen other plugs for travel in Europe that look nothing like the
> U.S. standard one. Can anyone help?
> ***
> Well, not "ubiquitous enough"! NZ and Australia use a rather unusual 3
> pin plug. Also, we are 240 Volts and 50 Hz which might make a
> difference.
> Cheers davef



Sorry, I should have said "unbiquitous here." <g> Other posters have
given me enough advice to know what to buy -- it turns out my charger
will run on 240v 50 HZ so I only need an adapter to mate the two
dissimilar plug configurations. Should I buy the three prong grounded
adapter or will a two-prong ungrounded work. My charger doesn't care, so
it's question of which type of outlet is more commonly found in NZ,
grounded or not. Again, thanks, Dave Swarthout Homer, Alaska



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Theo Bekkers

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"dswarthout" wrote
> davef wrote:


> > Well, not "ubiquitous enough"! NZ and Australia use a rather

unusual 3
> > pin plug. Also, we are 240 Volts and 50 Hz which might make a
> > difference.


> Sorry, I should have said "unbiquitous here." <g> Other posters have
> given me enough advice to know what to buy -- it turns out my

charger
> will run on 240v 50 HZ so I only need an adapter to mate the two
> dissimilar plug configurations. Should I buy the three prong

grounded
> adapter or will a two-prong ungrounded work. My charger doesn't

care, so
> it's question of which type of outlet is more commonly found in NZ,
> grounded or not.


http://www.accesscomms.com.au/powerplug.htm

All sockets are three pin but and two pin plugs (without earth) will
plug in to any three pin socket. Also used in Fiji.

Theo
 
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Dorre

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Theo Bekkers <[email protected]> wrote:
: "dswarthout" wrote
:> davef wrote:
: http://www.accesscomms.com.au/powerplug.htm
: All sockets are three pin but and two pin plugs (without earth) will
: plug in to any three pin socket. Also used in Fiji.

Another possibility worth considering if visiting several different
countries it to get something that plugs into shaver sockets. These
are common in most hotel/motels use the same plug in the US, UK, Europe
and Australasia. They can even be set to the required voltage.

Dorre
 

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