The world's geekiest license plates

This slideshow is filled with images of vanity plates so geeky that they prompted someone else to take a picture and post it on Flickr.

The opportunity presented by vanity plates is so often wasted by those who would put their actual name on their car. Or worse, those who put the name of their car on their car – e.g. "MY BMW." Even those who put some generic message in there, like "HCKYFAN." Yawn. I have much more respect for those drivers who give us a little more insight into who they are, what really forms the foundation for their identity as a person – even if that thing is Debian Linux.

This slideshow goes out to all those drivers who aren't afraid to say it loud: I'm a geek and I'm proud. It's filled with images of vanity plates so geeky that they prompted someone else to take a picture and post it on Flickr. Enjoy.

Send any entries you might have to rfrancis@nww.com .

GEEK

Let's just get this one out of the way, shall we? GEEK. 'Nuff said.

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USE BSD

Open road, open source.

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A SITH

You underestimate the power of the Dark Side – and my 600 horsepower engine.

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CMYK RGB

CMYK RGB

Quite possibly the most colorful license plate ever.

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KHAAAN

KHAAAN

Scotty, I need warp speed in three minutes or we’re all dead.

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OSX and DEBIAN

OSX and DEBIAN

Because two license plates are twice as geeky.

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AFK

AFK

This acronym means "away from keyboard," obviously. And I should hope so. Don't type and drive, kids.

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RED5XWNG

RED5XWNG

Ugh, I hate it when drivers turn off their targeting computers.

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COS 0=1

COS 0=1

I don't mean to go off on a tangent here, but where can I sine up for a plate like this?

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TEH HCKR

TEH HCKR

I'm guessing this person isn't part of Anonymous.

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PEBKAC

PEBKAC

Tech-support speak for "problem exists between keyboard and chair." See: ID-10T errors.

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R2WHRU

R2WHRU

You know, that little droid is going to cause me a lot of trouble.

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GCC MKE

GCC MKE

Some kind of compiling going on here.

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UBR L33T

UBR L33T

If you really were uber-elite, there wouldn't be a need to put it on your license plate, would there?

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4UBUNTU

4UBUNTU

More Linux!

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MICROSFT

MICROSFT

But not all plates are open source.

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ZOD

ZOD

Excuse me, have you seen a guy in blue and red pajamas? Wears a cape?

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FSCK

FSCK

File system check, Unix. At least I hope that's it.

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PH33R

PH33R

The geek version is so much scarier than "fear."

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2HACK

2HACK

Hacker with a heart of gold.

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CHULTHU

CHULTHU

H.P. Lovecraft, with a touch of dyslexia.

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MAPCAR

MAPCAR

Possibly obscure, unless you're familiar with Lisp programming, but that just raises its geek quotient.

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J2EE

J2EE

Will stop at coffee shops. Get it? Coffee. Java. Heh.

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PWN'D and PWN3D

PWN'D and PWN3D

Imagine one of these passing you on the highway.

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GOJIRA!

GOJIRA!

Last seen fleeing Tokyo.

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SU ROOT

SU ROOT

Part of a wheel group of users.

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PHP GUY

PHP GUY

Go ahead and ask him questions at the traffic light.

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QWERTY

QWERTY

What a coincidence - this license plate is the same as my password.

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/DEV/ESC

/DEV/ESC

I didn't even know you could have forward-slashes in your license plate.

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TUX

TUX

Penguins not included.

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8 BIT

8 BIT

I haven't seen one of these since the early '80s.

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ZOMGLOL

ZOMGLOL

I don't get it.

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ALT-F4

ALT-F4

Alt-F4? Let me see what happens when I

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The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

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TCP IP

TCP IP

Faster than a speeding packet! Here's our first reader-submitted plate.

JEDI CIO

JEDI CIO

A Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him… and his Porsche. Another reader submission. He writes: "I get lots of honks, waves and thumbs-up..."

GOOGLE

GOOGLE

Always searching for... something. Another reader submission - keep 'em coming!

RM -RF /

RM -RF /

Another reader who likes to live life on the edge. Don't try this at home, kids.

IHASATRBO

IHASATRBO

Reader introduces the next big craze: LOLCARZ.

GOOGLE

Reader writes: “This was on my grandmother's 88 Lincoln Town Car...notice the expiration year. She got this plate in the 90's before GOOGLE existed. When she passed away in '99, my brother got the car and the plate. Unfortunately, when he moved to CA the plate expired. I should have transferred it to one of my vehicles if the state would have allowed it. The pronunciation was a little different for us...phonetically it was ‘gu – gle’. My brother gave her the nickname back in the 50s because he said Grandmas live on a farm and she only had a house. Guess she was the original geek.”

NULL PTR

NULL PTR

Another reader submission. You all rock.

NTWK DR

NTWK DR

The doctor… is in. Another reader submission.

NETCDF

NETCDF

Reader: "It's an open source data access library, portable format, and Data model for scientific data."

DVBYDT

DVBYDT

Reader writes: "dV/dT -- the derivation of acceleration in calculus. I'm a rocket scientist by degree, but so far I've had to explain this to everyone I've encountered."

ANY KEY

ANY KEY

Go ahead. Press it. Another reader submission.

SFDCJEDI

SFDCJEDI

A reader, Salesforce.com admin and Star Wars geek combined her interests to create this unique plate. She writes:

"Don't believe me that I'm a Star Wars geek first? My old plate from a previous car: MTFBWY"

DATAMAN

DATAMAN

By day, reader Dataman is a database administrator in Las Vegas.

SYNACK

SYN ACK

Reader and network engineer is down with TCP.

WATT AMP

WATT-AMP

This reader had to add the two dots to make it "Watt divided by amp." Using this information, any geek worth his pocket protector should be able to figure out what kind of car he drives.

VOIP

VOIP

Vehicle over interstate parkways? Another great reader submission.

IPV6

IPV6

The next generation of geeky license plates.

xbox

XBOX GMR

Am I really driving or am I playing Need for Speed?

Another reader submission.

klingon

KLINGON and NCC1701

Parking space… the final frontier. Another reader submission.

spumco

SPUMCO

This plate made me think of my old pal Stinky Wizzleteats and his song about a whale. No! It was a song about being happy – the “Happy Happy, Joy Joy” song.

APPLE 2

APPLE II

This car is way too young to remember its license plate's namesake.

useUnix

USEUNIX

More Unix! What else did you expect?

Many thanks to another observant reader.

SRQT-1

SQRT-1

This reader’s plate is even geekier than it first appears, once you hear his explanation:

Here's my Plate. I have the only Imaginary License Plate in Pennsylvania.

The Governor is Number 1, and I'm i.

Who has more power?

Square Root of Minus One

power 7

AS 400, ISERIES, POWR6, and POWER7

Writes this geeky reader: “Picture of my current and last 3 plates. I think you will see a theme. Note to IBM: Quit changing the name already!”

SUSE USR

SUSE USR

OpenSUSE Ambassador's diplomatic plate. Another great reader submission.

haxor

<p><b>HAXOR</b></p>

<p>This is not the Ducati featured in “Tron: Legacy,” but we won’t split hairs.</p>

WEB = WEB

W3B GUY

W3B = WEB, for those who know.

UNIX

UNIX

What makes this plate all the more special is the reader's comment: "I have had this New Hampshire 'Live Free or Die' UNIX (spelled with all capital letters like 'UNIX' should be spelled) plate on Jeep Wranglers since 1989, and I will keep it until they pry my keyboard from my cold, dead fingers."

FRTYTWO

FRTYTWO

Ah, the Ultimate Answer. But what was the question again?

BITBOY

BITBOY

Deep down, aren’t we all just made up of zeros and ones?

DTRACE

DTRACE

Says our reader: "DTRACE is short for 'Dynamic Tracing,' a feature in the Solaris 10 (and later) UNIX operating system. It is used for system and application performance and observability. Someone asked me if I was a 'Dick Tracy' fan. Ugh!"