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New blog feature: PostPoints tips

As some of you may know, since 2007 I've been writing a tip-of-the-week e-mail that goes out to members of The Post's PostPoints rewards program every Tuesday. And as others among you may have noticed from the overnight arrival of several dozen new entries here, I now have the past year and half of these tips archived on this blog.

Click on the "tips" category link at the left, and you'll see these listed next to my existing how-to posts. Each one has a title beginning "PostPoints tip" and the date it originally went out in e-mail. They cover such categories as privacy settings on social-networking sites, the care and feeding of HDTVs, taking better digital photos, and how to secure your online accounts.

Why only the past year and half's worth of these hints if I've been writing them since 2007? Most of the older ones are well past their read-by date. I've also left out some new items that were only relevant for that week -- I'm assuming that in July of 2010, nobody cares about the coverage plans I laid out in January for the Consumer Electronics Show -- and one e-mail that (ahem) somehow got sent out a second time a few months after its first appearance.

I've revised some headlines and fixed some text and links, but I can't promise you that there aren't any dead links in this batch.

There is one catch to this Web archive: The people running the PostPoints program have asked me to wait a week before posting each tip, so as to give e-mail subscribers a reward for the generous loan of their inboxes. You, on the other hand, get to sound off on each tip in public instead of just by e-mailing me. (I imagine this limitation won't satisfy everybody. If so, I'll hear you out in the comments.)

So what's in it for me? I can point people to this archive when they ask about an old PostPoints tip instead of having to look up and forward the original message. My employer, in turn, gets a little more traffic, which -- as you may have read over the weekend -- has become a bit of a priority here.

11:58 a.m. To answer a few queries about the workings of PostPoints: You sign up for the program here; although the points can accumulate slowly, they are still useful (for instance, my wife and I cashed some in last year for a $15 Calvert-Woodley gift card); since joining, our membership has resulted in us receiving marketing e-mails for Post products, services and events but not, as far as we can tell, any from other companies.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  July 12, 2010; 7:50 AM ET
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So they're tracking every hour? Wow.

I didn't know about your tips on PostPoints. I had seen PostPoints, but usually find rewards programs more trouble than they are worth. Maybe more would join PostPoints if they knew of that benefit.

Posted by: Bob_Dobbs | July 12, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I would've posted this Saturday, but I was in Ocean City.

From The Washington Post, December 2, 2005:

"Stout wrote to the company to suggest that RIM's BlackBerry technology had been anticipated by NTP's patent, he didn't even get the courtesy of a response. So in late 2001, he sued. After a lengthy trial, a jury found that NTP's patent was valid and that RIM had willfully violated it, awarding damages that have grown to $240 million."

In other words, NTP, (if you believe the Post) is NOT a patent troll..

Posted by: wiredog | July 12, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I signed up for PP but never had any secret tips arrive...only trashy stuff about the rewards. Glad the tips will be here.....

Posted by: tbva | July 12, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I never got any PP Tips either...and the Post Points accumulate at a snail's pace.

Posted by: subwayguy | July 19, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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