Not long ago, I came across this odd sight on my morning run--a car with personalized license plates that read:
That's computer-ese for the "cut" command. I looked around for cars with CTRL C and CTRL V ("copy" and "paste") but didn't see any.
A couple of blocks later, I spotted another tech-themed plate:
A second car in that household would have fit well with DECRYPT on the plates... maybe it had been driven to work that day?
The cheap price of vanity plates, especially in Virginia, has made them a common form of self-expression--and the number of people working in various fields of technology has made computer or Internet-themed plates popular in their own right. My wife used to see examples all the time driving to her old job in Herndon: QWERTY, TPS RPTS (an Office Space reference, for the uninitiated) and DC-TECH, for example.
There are even Web galleries of tech-centric vanity plates to browse through. The most fascinating resource, however, may be the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle's plate-finder page, which lets you see how see if your chosen string of letters and numbers is available, then see how it would look on different styles of plate. (The District offers the same service online; Maryland doesn't seem to.)
A few minutes with that page revealed that, contrary to my initial suspicions, CTRL C and CTRL V were still available in the Old Dominion, along with their Mac-keyboard equivalents (CMD C and CMD V). DECRYPT was, however, in use--as were all the obvious Internet references, like DOT COM and INTRNET. Tech-policy issues are on display also: Somebody's protesting the Recording Industry Association of America with RIAA SUX tags, although the Motion Picture Association of America has escaped such scorn--and P2P SUX remains open for those wanting to express their disapproval of peer-to-peer file sharing.
The plates most appropriate for some people's driving techniques are, perhaps unsurprisingly, taken: CTRL Z and CMD Z, the PC and Mac keyboard shortcuts for "undo."
What are the oddest tech-focused license plates you've seen on the roads around here? (If you're the owner of any of these plates here, tell us why you picked them out.)
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