Off topic–Would you SQL your license plate?

I was recently browsing www.myplates.com and I’ll say it’s actually quite fun to see what plates people have randomly bought. I found it easy to spend 15 or so minutes typing in all sorts of fun and silly things into the search just to see what would come up.

Here’s what I found.

I started off just looking for simple things. Such as SQL and it was taken.

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Next I thought, why not some sort of profession like SQL DBA… taken.

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Next I searched for the real fan boy plates… All taken. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting I’m not a full force fan boy myself. I’d totally rock any of these but they were taken.

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Why not Search for something that no one else would possibly want on their car? — — — Taken… I can honestly tell you I did not see that coming.

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So what wasn’t taken?

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My Twitter handle was available and that doesn’t surprise me. Why would it be taken?

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The last two are available and are my favorites

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After all the fun of searching, I couldn’t help but think about how responsive the website is and wonder what technology is behind it. I know the state uses SQL Server and a wide variety of other database platforms.

Surely this can’t be that large of a database, right? Alpha up to 7 characters and only store what’s actually used. Then I wondered how many vehicles are registered in Texas. Even then the database would only have to store personal plates.

The world may never know… 🙂

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