Paul Sutton

Personal Blog & website

Catfish – file search

For some reason, XFCE doesn't come with a pre-installed file search facility and thunar lacks this feature.

However you can use the command line to search for files

find -name “file.png” for example

However this isn't really an option for a lot of users. The solution is a program called catfish, ( i guess you fish for files).

apt install catfish as root of course

Enter the file you are looking for in to the search box and press enter -


Results will be displayed


Hopefully this is helpful. I have asked about this on #debian and it seems to be something that needs to be addressed.

Safeguarding website error

Application forms for school work in Torbay include a section on safeguarding.

SCHOOL NAME is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo the checks appropriate to the post applied for. By signing this application form you are confirming your agreement/commitment.  
For further information visit

This section directs the applicant to For a long time now, this website has produced errors. I tried to add https:// in front and ended up with the 2nd error below. So basically I can't get to the website. Not even knowing what SWCPP stands for, I can't even use duckduckgo to look it up.

error 1

error 2

I am NOT IMPRESSED in any shape way or form. I can't contact the above website via e-mail either as both webmaster@ and info@ both get messaged returned. So can't even let them know about this.

The website does appear to be up, as it is possible to ping it.

PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=51 time=37.7 ms
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=51 time=37.7 ms
64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=51 time=37.7 ms
^C64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=4 ttl=51 time=37.5 ms

You would think schools, who CLAIM to take safeguarding seriously, would at least check links on application forms (and elsewhere) work properly and review their application forms from time to time. I think this would be called due diligence. This would help identify problems early on. Even more so if those links are to a place that explain what background checks are.

Attempts to try and inform schools that the link does not work, have just fallen on deaf ears sadly.

If anyone does have concerns they can contact who should be able to help, or of course contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) of the school.

I am making this post here to highlight the issue, hopefully someone will take notice. I have zero hope of this however.

At least 3 schools (including a primary school) in Torbay have been mentioned on too.

If anyone is able to contact the website, please can you let them know, it is broken and let schools know if this link is on application forms let the school know.

Contrast this experience to the recent problem with this blog (502 error), contacted the site owner and it got fixed pretty quickly.

Of course, this blog is just a personal site. Somehow a website that is to do with keeping children and young people safe is far more important to keep working or at least it could redirect to a working alternative website. .

Growing Salt Crystals

As Salt (Sodium Chloride) dissolves in water, you can grow salt crystals quite easily. There are lots of instructions on the internet, on how to do this with Salt, as well as other chemicals; such as, Alum (Aluminium Sulfate), Borax (Sodium Borate) for example.

For the purpose of my attempt, I used

*a conical flask from my old Chemistry set,
* a wooden lollipop stick, * string * paper clip (to hold the string in the solution)

This is illustrated in the first picture, while the 2nd is a photo of the resulting crystal formation.

Flask Crystals

Update 17/10/2021

I took more photos on the 4th October to illustrate further growth of the crystals

one two three

It is probably worth mentioning that table salt contains Sodium Chloride but also a Anti caking agent called Sodium Ferrycyanide which according to that wikipedia article is a yellow solid.

I am not sure if this somehow affects the growth or shape of the resultng crystals. At some point I should try the same experiment pure NaCl



NFL London 2

The second NFL London game of 2021 is

Date : Sunday, Oct 17 Time : 14:30 Venue : Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – London Teams : Miami Dolphins V Jacksonville Jaguars

It looks like it will be shown on BBC 2


From Venice to the edge of the Universe

Interesting video from the European space agency. This was posted to Mastodon so I am sharing here.

A video produced for the Hubble traveling exhibition Our Place in Space in 2017, zooms from Venice out through the Solar System, the Milky Way, the Local Group and into the cosmic web

4 minute video



#Video, #Space, #ESA,

Trojans Rookie Camps 2021

Date : Sunday 24th October 2021 Time : 10 am —> 14:00 Location : Foxhole playing field, Bellfield Road, Paignton


NFL London 1

The first NFL London game of 2021 is

Oct 10th Sunday 14:30 Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – LondonNew York Jets V Atlanta Falcons

Trojans Training

Date : Sunday 3rd October 2021 Time : 10 am —> 13:00 Location : Foxhole playing field, Bellfield Road, Paignton


How Dark is space

This is the October public lecture from the Space Telescope Science Institute

Location: Online Attendance Only Date ;October 5 2021 Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM




Trojans Training 03/10/2021

First post season training session

Date : Sunday 3rd October 2021 Time : 10 am —> 13:00 **Location : ** Foxhole playing field, Bellfield Road, Paignton

Software Freedom Camp

Just spotted this on the Fediverse (Mastodon)

The world celebrates Software Freedom Day today with the aim of increasing awareness of Free Software and its virtues, and it is in the same spirit and excitement that we announce today the Software Freedom Camp Diversity Edition. Diversity edition is aiming to reach out to people subject to systemic bias and impacted by under-representation in the technical industry in India.

We're glad to announce that the registration for both learners and mentors are open for Software Freedom Camp Diversity Edition –

Apply as learner – Apply as mentor –

Poster credits – @avronr and @kannan

#sfcamp #freesoftware Software Freedom Camp 2021

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