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Hardware details for Toshiba Chromebook 2

Often it’s hard to find out specifically what is inside of a computer. Spec sheets are handy but often only provide some of the picture. I wanted more hardware details for the toshiba chromebook 2. This is a quick post to provide more details on the Toshiba Chromebook 2 in the event anyone is interested in this unit. I will be providing a quick cpu info, USB dump, and dmesg. My hope this might be useful to someone.

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Toshiba Chromebook 2 Benchmarks

Earlier this week, I obtained an Acer Chromebook 11 and ran it through some benchmarks. Unfortunately, in my first day with the Acer I never played audio over the speakers; when I did, I noticed the speakers crackled – a lot. So, I returned the Acer and picked up a Toshiba Chromebook 2. Now that I have the Chromebook 2 setup, I decided to benchmark it to generate some Toshiba Chromebook 2 benchmarks and compare its performance to other Chromebooks.

How does this new Toshiba Chromebook perform? In one word – ok.
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Acer Chromebook 11 Benchmarks

Over the weekend I picked up a new Acer Chromebook 11 (CB3-111.) While thinking about purchasing the model (the price seems like steal) I was surprised there were no articles which had Acer Chromebook 11 benchmarks. I decided I’d quickly throw a few out in the event they are helpful for others thinking about buying this computer.

Overall, it looks like the performance of this Chromebook is mid-range and OK, which is what I expected based on the price and specs.

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Acer Chromebook 11 upgradability

I just picked up a new Acer Chromebook 11 (CB3-111) for testing and tinkering. I wanted a super cheap Chromebook since it’s been about a year since my last Chromebook. I see a lot of promise in the idea and I want to experiment a bit more. While reading reviews on this unit, I saw a few sources mention the RAM and eMMC (hard drive) are user-replaceable. That is exciting and potentially awesome so, I decided to open my new notebook to get a better sense of the Acer Chromebook 11 upgradability.

tl;dr verdict

As it turns out, it does not appear the RAM or eMMC are (easily) replaceable.
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Using Python to Understand A Bike Share

On a trip to Seattle last week, I noticed the city is just about to launch their new bike sharing program – Pronto. Since moving to LA, I have come to appreciate both biking and efficient transportation. After deciding I’d become a member for when I visit, I came back to a basic question.

For an annual membership where unlimited 30 minute rides are included, just how many stations can I ride between for “free” without incurring an extra $2 fee for taking more than 30 minutes?

Being a nerd, I decided that Python and the Google Maps API could help me answer the question.
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