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    Brr, It's Code Outside

    May 15, 1998

    I used to be able to identify callers by their area code – 408 meant Silicon Valley PR, 212 was New York marketing droids, 206 was Microsoft minions and so on. But now that individual blocks of Seattle have their own area codes, I'm lost. Or I would be, except for the Web's area-code decoders. Go to http://decoder.americom.com for a simple search form, courtesy of long-distance provider AmeriCom. Hit the unofficial page at http://www-cse.ucsd.edu/users/bsy/area.html for a simple listing of codes, including ones not yet in use. Or visit the official source, the ominously named North American Numbering Plan Administration http://www.nanpa.com, for a truly mind-numbing array of detail, including downloadable area-code maps.

    — Rob Pegoraro, rob@twp.com

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