How to make Scrivener and Scapple work on Linux and Wine

Wine 4.0.2 comes with Mono, which does not allow the license activation to work. Mono apparently has problems with TLS 1.2, which is required for the license activation component to connect to the server.

The following steps have resolved the problem for me:

  1. Open the terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T)
  2. wine uninstaller
  3. Add/remove programs window will open. Uninstall Mono and close the window
  4. sudo apt-get install winetricks
  5. winetricks --force dotnet452

When you start Scrivener or Scapple after this, the license activation component should work.

“Two Lighters” completed (first draft)

Finally, I’ve completed the first draft of my new story, “Two Lighters”, you can read it here for now:

It proved to be more difficult than I expected to finish it – especially the very ending, as I got emotionally attached to it a bit too much. Now I’ll let it rest for a while, and then, after another round of editing, will publish it properly.

Sorry, no space colonies for you yet

Talking about the space exploration and building self-sustainable settlements in space or on other planets, we need to remember that humanity so far could not achieve self-sustainability even on the water, in a friendly environment of our home planet. When your old home vessel will start leaking, can you manufacture the new one, while on the water? No. So, before dreaming of space colonies, go back and do the homework then.