Driving around silicon valley on routes 101 and 280 ("The 101" and "The 280" if you're from California) you can't help but notice this isn't like the rest of America. You'll see dozens of Priuses. Frequently you'll even see Teslas and Fiskers. And there's that white all-electric 325i I see buzzing around. But what really drives-home the fact that this is northern CA are the Vanity plates.
Herein I will only post plates that I personally see. To wit:
Webmaster1 - yes, I believe you were #1... because this car may have been around since Tim Berners-Lee invented the web.
Ethernet - This guy is parked right around the corner from where I live. I'm thinking the car also dates back to the first time that a 10baseT got plugged in...
Patent: This one speaks for itself. Their other car is probably a Bentley.
WebApp. Microcode for a microcar?
1E4 Gauss. That's a Tesla.... literally and mathematically. Maxwell would be proud of ya'.
Apple. No, not Steve's car. But I'm sure they've had multiple offers for this plate. Wondering how many times it's been stolen.
I Debug. What Claudius the engineer says. One classy coder.
Byte Law. I take that to be a metaphor for Shark Attorney. Nice Karma.
Silica. His wife's car is plated SiO2. I have to wonder what form of the compound he made his fortune with. Perfect for a Blog post with the word Silicon in it.
PWR V*I. Another apropos Tesla vanity plate right around the corner from me. What? That's a Watt.
Nfobahn for the autobahn. But is the Benz speedier than my 2 gig WiFi?
CMD SHFT. Now that car's got to have an awesome function keystroke.
Net Sclr. Judging that this was taken in a Citrix parking lot, I'm guessing this guy has something to do with NetScaler. That's auto load balancing for network traffic, not load balancing for automobile suspension in traffic.
Cloud C. [Guest submission] Wow, just wow. Thanks @geoffarnold
UX Dzinr. [Guest submission] And that's quite a user experience you're driving Mr. Designer. Thanks @susanwu88. Recently saw this guy in my neighborhood. So I'll take credit for the sighting, too.
SMB Guru. [Guest submission] Yep, that's his thang. Billboard or vanity plate? Thanks @AnuragTechaisle
ARM Pwrd. Oh boy, that's a RISCy vanity plate. And it sure doesn't look like it's a tablet computer.
SUNW. A bygone ticker preceding a bygone ticker (JAVA) for a bygone company (now ORCL) that held a special place in my heart. Alas, it didn't look like Scott was the guy driving.
iPodded. You did? I was unaware there was a past tense of a noun.
SaaS APM. While I can't speak for the SaaS Performance Management, the vehicle Performance Management was quite high when I took the pic.
BEA Number 1. BEA… fastest SW company to reach $1B. And this is a Proud Man (and an ex-CEO). Go Cardinals.
PA VC. Either cute spousal initials… or a Palo Alto Venture Capitalist? You decide.
I Binary. And I think he was doing 100 in bumper-to-bumper traffic on RT 101. Get it? LOL.
Java Fun. Love this one. And it ain't about coffee… cross-referencing SUNW above.
OK, this isn't a vanity plate sighting. But the SLS was being driven in the hood by a local businessman, sailor, and Forbes Man #5…. Larry.
Innovation. How Apropos. And especially perfect when found on a Tesla.
Java Man. From the looks of this plate, it historically pre-dates Java Fun (above) and possibly Neanderthal Man as well. Could it possibly even pre-date the programming language?
Java Com. Likely a reference to java.com But what's with the "Got Coffee" reference? Hopefully wry humor. 3rd Java-related vanity plate sighting!
I Hate Microsoft [Guest submission] Well, someone was either burned bad by Balmer, or worked for Sun Micro at some point in their career. Thanks to @derek32smith for snapping the pic and for @skpodila for bringing to my attention.
AAPLE OS - More general purpose than saying Lion or Tiger or any other aggressive mammal.
Hey RTFM - [Guest submission] Clearly displayed by an enlightened, yet very frustrated, front-line IT support person. For the uninitiated, think: Read The F%&# Manual... a common complaint when dealing with instruction-averse users. Thanks again to @skpodila for finding this via @UODucks.
IP Reuse - Intellectual Property or Internet Protocol? Patent lawyer or inventor of DHCP? IPv4 company car? You get to decide.