[maemo-users] A bluetooth keyboard for $45 -> StowAway "Shasta" for Blackberry (would it work?)

From: Aaron Newcomb anewcomb2 at gmail.com
Date: Thu Oct 23 01:29:15 EEST 2008
Well the keyboard cam in today and I am writing this email with it
now. It took me about 30 minutes to get working. You must download the
binary tarball at

Then extract it, edit the btkbd.conf file, make the files executable,
put the keyboard in discover mode then run btkbd. After that the
keyboard should work. I am running this on Diablo. The script requires
you to be root which is one drawback.

Response seems pretty good. The "/" key is in a wierd place though. I
can't comment on battery life yet. Let me knw if you have more

On 10/21/08, Frantisek Dufka <dufkaf at seznam.cz> wrote:
> Fernando Cassia wrote:
>  > In the bluetooth version perhaps the same contact disconnects the
>  > RADIO which is the power-hungry element of any BT device.
> Maybe the $45 price is there for some reason. Maybe there is no contact :-)
>  >
>  > What I do know is what I read on reviews...  the unit is supposed NOT
>  > TO waste battery operating when you fold it and close it.
> Yet it does :-) Maybe it is not as bad as I said. Maybe it lasts more
>  than month indeed. I just know I used it very rarely and when I needed
>  it I found batteries empty more than once.
>  The positive bit is that you can actually open it without connecting to
>  anything, type some very long sentence, then close it, then open it
>  later, then connect it to some device and the sentence is sent to device
>  after connection. Magic :-)
>  For comaprsion check this one http://www.wirelessground.com/stblke.html
>  "Estimated Battery Life  Estimates are based on using a keyboard for 4
>  hours per day.  200+ days" That's what I call good battery life. Shasta
>  is 'up to 3 months' just like you notebook battery is 'up to 6 hours' :-)
>  Still it is not an issue if you keep piece of paper under battery door
>  and don't mind pairing on the beginning. And the keys are quite good and
>  big with full five rows.
>  >
>  > You still haven't told us if the behaviour you experienced was with
>  > the keyboard fully closed or if you left it standing in open position.
> Would you leave foldable keyboard opened and unused collecting dust for
>  several weeks?
>  Frantisek
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Aaron Newcomb

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