Internet cafe's

Submitted: Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:25
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G'day guys!
Ok, this may seem a dumb question...I use the internet obviously from my home...never ever used an internet cafe!..say a person has no internet connection..can you call in and use it?..in other words, must you already have a personal connection?....told you it was a dumb question!
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Reply By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:28

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:28
Nope, you use their connection and account. Most just charge you a set fee per 15 minutes or so.

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Reply By: Member - Ray ( (VIC) - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:30

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:30
ok..thanks!..always wondered about it! Now I know!
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:33

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:33
Good question, here is a dumb answer.
If you are travelling, get an email address like hotmail, or even better get one at Yahoo or similar.

Son came back from Europe last year and that was one of the ways we kept in contact.

Prices vary a lot though.

You will also find most hostels have an internet connection too for use of the clients.
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Reply By: Member - Ray ( (VIC) - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:38

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:38
..ok....bear with me!..so, say i have my laptop with me...maintaining a travel log/photos etc.....can one hook up the lappy at the cafe to transfer info, or have to drop to disc/floppy?...as a computer buff I make a reasonable artist!!
Thanks
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Follow Up By: Pterosaur - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 09:08

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 09:08
Most have a port from where you can plug your laptop into their connection - I tend to use the "community link" government supported cafes, assuming they are more likely to be free of key loggers etc.,

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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 15:53

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 15:53
Use a USB memory stick to transfer.
I have a 1gb one I use for a back up of my photos.
Saves having to send them anywhere and bigger than floppies and CDs.
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Follow Up By: RustyHelen - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 17:01

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 17:01
Hi Ray
Our experience last year over a fair part of central, Darwin and north Qld was that Internet cafes would not let us plug in our laptop. But cheap (as in free at libraries community centres etc) to use their connection to access out email account plus wifes work email account.
Rusty
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Reply By: Michael Carey - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:41

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 07:41
And as much as it is hard to.... try to find an internet cafe that "looks" reputable. 99% are most likely OK, but there is that one percent that use key logging software to get hold of peoples banking details and other password information as you use the computer.
I don't want to scare you, but while technology is great, it can be abused. Just something to be aware of.
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 09:57

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 09:57
Get yourself a Wi Fi card and use it at the Telstra Hotspots ie maccas airports etc... Card costs about $30 I have a Belkin. Then you can compose emails add pics etc offline and just go online for your banking, emailing etc. I prefer it because I like my own laptop with my own firewall and my own antivirus software... Maybe I'm paranoid but it seems simpler & safer to me. Some internet cafes will let you connect into their system via an ethernet lead and that works well to... I have had a couple of experiences at internet cafes that gave rise to security concerns especially regarding PIN's for banking etc.
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Follow Up By: Member - Athol (NSW, 2527) - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:10

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:10
Mr fawlty, what is a Wi Fi card and how does it allow you to log on at Maccas?

I'm guessing its some sort of wireless dodad. My laptop is wirless compatable already. does that help?

Athol
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:39

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:39
Athol, don't be so formal... just call me Fawlty.. Ok If you have a wireless ready laptop you should be away & running. Telstra has in place at Maccas & other places wireless networking that you can log onto. It does cost however, not free but offers reasonable security....You should be able to log on to your own home emil if your ISP lets you set it up or do as others have sugested and use a hotmail address... Have a look here for the Hotspot details..

Site Link

You can get a plan or use casual access via a pin set to your mobile...Full location details of all the hotspots can be downloaded as well
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Reply By: Steve - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:31

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:31
Can somebody reveal: what's the difference between hotmail and your normal e-mail?

Yep. Another technology giant ;))
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Follow Up By: Mr Fawlty - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:44

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 10:44
Steve, Hotmail & the others are world wide setups to enable worldy travellers like us to use email from any place with an internet connection world wide. Go here & click on "sign up" to give yourself an account...
www.hotmail.com
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Follow Up By: age - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 11:14

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 11:14
This a little misleading

Hotmail/YAhoo are nothing more than an email providers without being ISP's (albeit they are often the target for ads, SPAM, Crawlers and Loggers)

Your ISP provides the same service if they offer a post box (why create another account if you already have a trustworthy email account). All you do is log on to your ISP website, go to the Post Office and log into your account to show all your emails. Only issue is if you keep stuff in there most ISP have size restrictions and will purge old emails

Age
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Reply By: jackablue - Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 13:46

Friday, Apr 07, 2006 at 13:46
I just burnt photos to disc (just incase something happened to the laptop) & put the disc in. I created a blog page & updated that as I went so my freinds could just go to that and get the updates with pics etc.

Also found that a lot of libraries have internet and were cheap, some even free.

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