Bluetooth Keyboard Shenanigans

If you have followed my antics long enough then you will know that I am a little frugal. Some would say "cheap", well both are true :)

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So on Hot UK Deals the other day, I saw a cheap Mac style Bluetooth keyboard that I thought would be perfect for hacks.

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So I travelled to Manchester today, to get setup for Picademy tomorrow, if you don't know Picademy is training that focuses on the Raspberry Pi computer. I had a couple of hours to kill so I popped into the Arndale Shopping Centre...on a Sunday...it was busy! Sorry, back to the story. So I went into PC World and saw the keyboard for £9, so I bought it.

I eagerly brought it back to my exclusive hotel (Travelodge) and got hacking, and that is where the problem hit me.

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The keyboard paired up using "blueman" on my Linux Mint 17 machine. All good, well there was a bug where the keyboard incorrectly states that the battery is dead.
The next problem was that I could now type anything. I pressed every key and found that the J,K,L keys printed numbers 1,2,3 in the text editor, so it looked like my bluetooth keyboard was showing as numeric pad.

After a long session of Google Fu, I found that

Pressing FN & F6 >>T W I C E<<

disables numlock on the keyboard and turns off the numeric pad!!!

So now I can use the keyboard as a keyboard. It isn't a bad keyboard, sure I'm spoilt by my Cherry MX Blue keyboard...oh I do love clicky keys! But for £9 and wireless keyboard it is good, slight bit of lag sometimes but that can be forgiven.
By the way, this keyboard works flawlessly with Android phones and tablets.

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But why did I buy the keyboard? Well to hack a Raspberry Pi 3 of course!

Enjoy your new cheap Bluetooth Mac Keyboard.