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Google Drive on Ubuntu with Insync

Size matters the more so when it comes for free

Dropbox, or our use of it, messed up our files and versions. My free allowance on Dropbox is 6.75 GB. The free allowance of Google Drive at the time of writing this post is 15 GB.

Installation of Insync on Ubuntu

While we set up Owncloud for files synced, we tested Google Drive as per

As per

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys ACCAF35C
$ lsb_release -a
$ sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list.d/insync.list
$ sudo apt-get install insync

Fitting a Whispbar rack onto the roof of a Peugeot 308 carrier

Bars fit on carrier
Bars fit on carrier

The Thule roof rack systems keep their premium reputation among outdoors users. The Whispbar brand from New Zealand is a challenger in a market dominated by Thule from Sweden. The former’s unique selling points are being -they claim- aerodynamic, which in turn makes them quieter and more fuel-efficent. Yakima, another manufacturer, acquired Whispbar.

For the uninitiated, Thule bars were traditionally recognised for their square section, the Yakima ones for their circular section and the Whispbar for their oval one. Other brands are Atera from Germany. All of them are fitted to carry bicycles, skis, surfboards and roof boxes.

The Whispbar racks are designed to fit many cars. Included in the package will be parts that will not get used. Leave all the unused parts and the instructions in the box for future use or if you ever get rid of the rack.

The Whispbar S25 flush bar and the K466W fitting kit can be installed on basic carriers like a Peugeot 308 SP.

Whispbar S25 flush bar

The K466W contains 4 x clamp blocks. They are not supposed to fit anywhere. The clamp bocks won’t be used on your Peugeot so they can be discarded. The clamps you will use have a opening in the center for the silver screw to pass through.

The clamp blocks of the K466W
The clamp blocks of the K466W

Whispbar K466W fitting kit

The S25 package contains 4 x 11-04-216. They are too low the Peugeot 308. Instead you can fit the 2 x 11-04-229 and the 2 x 11-04-230 of the K466W to the car. You can see the difference in relative heights on the picture. The larger (11-04-229 / 11-04-230) are the proper bases for this model of automobile. They are labeled on the bottom and correspond to a specific side of the bar.

Bases 2 x 11-04-229 and the 2 x 11-04-230 of the K466W
Bases 11-04-229 and the 2 x 11-04-230 of the K466W

When you tighten down the red nut, you will compress the rubber pads and they won’t be as high as before. A good tip when tightening that nut is to make sure that the rubber bases are not folding under themselves while you compress them.

Where are BIC/SWIFT and IBAN codes mandatory?

You’ll need to quote BIC and IBAN codes when sending International Payments to the following 47 countries:

* All EU and EEA countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and UK

* the following non EU and EEA countries: Andorra, Bahrain, Georgia, Greenland, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Moldova, Monaco, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar1, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates.

IBAN is the acronym for ISO 13616 standard compliant International Bank Account Number. All IBANs have a fixed length of 30 characters. SWIFT or BIC codes are routing international identifiers of banks to transfer orders.  Cross border payments must indicate BIC up to 1st February, 2016. After that date the BIC will not be required. IBAN / BIC are linked due to Regulation 260/2012. The SEPA Regulation states that the use of the IBAN and BIC is mandatory when making SEPA compliant payments and direct debits.
IBAN BIC countries by 2014
Map of the IBAN BIC countries by 2014

As you can see on the map above, the are where the use of BIC and IBAN is compulsory is larger than the SEPA or the Single Euro Payments Area. This is made of the 28 EU member states, the four members of the EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), Monaco and San Marino.

The code used to plot this map on R was:

# These are the ISO3 names of the countries you’d like to plot in red
theCountries <- c(“AND”,”AUT”,”BHR”,”BEL”,”BGR”,”CYP”,”CZE”,”DNK”,”EST”,”FIN”,”FRA”,”GEO”,”DEU”,”GRC”,

# malDF is a data.frame with the ISO3 country names plus a variable to
# merge to the map data
malDF <- data.frame(country = c(“AND”,”AUT”,”BHR”,”BEL”,”BGR”,”CYP”,”CZE”,”DNK”,”EST”,”FIN”,”FRA”,”GEO”,”DEU”,”GRC”,
swift = c(1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1))

# This will join your malDF data.frame to the country map data
malMap <- joinCountryData2Map(malDF, joinCode = “ISO3”,nameJoinColumn = “country”)
# 47 codes from your data successfully matched countries in the map
# 0 codes from your data failed to match with a country code in the map
# 198 codes from the map weren’t represented in your data

# And this will plot it, with the trick that the color palette’s first
# color is red
mapCountryData(malMap, nameColumnToPlot=”swift”, catMethod = “categorical”,
missingCountryCol = gray(.8))
inspired by BenBarnes at