It also didn't help that state agencies and contractors couldn't design a sign with Clearview properly, enough so that they created a FAQ with a gallery of what NOT to do. They didn't have to drive too far as Maryland was by far one of the biggest offenders: http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/clearviewdesignfaqs/. This decision to end the "intern approval" of Clearview has been coming for almost 2 years, so this isn't exactly news. It didn't seem to stop states from going wild with sign replacements though.
TYCO used to make their own LEGO clone called "Super Blocks" that caused havoc. They were easy to pick out of the pile though since the pieces were noticeably more "glossy" than the genuine LEGO bricks.
NT 3.51 and 4.0 supported x86, PowerPC, Alpha, and MIPS. Support for all but x86 was dropped with Windows 2000. One interesting artifact of the MIPS support was the use of ARC style drive/device paths in NTLDR that finally went away in Vista.
You left out used cars, they make WAY more money on those compared to new ones. Its a key part of BMW's business model. They deeply subsidize cheap leases on new BMWs to keep their dealer's inventory of "certified" pre-owned vehicles well stocked.
A "good" insurance agent can save you money by shopping around providers for the best price and determining the amount of coverage for your needs. If you only need a basic auto policy, chances are you don't need an agent. Once homeowner's insurance and other policy lines come into play, an agent could be helpful.
The Amiga 4000T uses a standard AT form factor motherboard. Both Commodore and ESCOM shipped it in an Enlight full AT tower case. If it wasn't for the Commodore/Amiga branded on the front, it looked like a run of the mill PC clone!
I actually live in Northern NJ, not exactly cheap, but apparently not nearly as expensive as Seattle or San Francisco. I have family who "escaped" to NC from NJ that are complaining about the increases (oh the irony).
Property taxes and housing prices in those "low tax" states are increasing at a pretty good clip. I see it happening around the Triangle region of NC. People move in and want services, so the taxes just keep on going up. Lack of mass transit and low density development leads to housing shortages near job centers and people are commuting from further and further out.