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Q&A: Palin had help with book 'Going Rogue'

Sarah Palin is on tour for her new book, Going Rogue, written with help from Lynn Vincent.

MAURICE RIVENBARK | Times

Sarah Palin is on tour for her new book, Going Rogue, written with help from Lynn Vincent.

Palin had help with book

Who actually wrote Sarah Palin's book?

The former Republican vice presidential candidate is the credited author of her bestselling memoir, Going Rogue, with assistance from Lynn Vincent, a writer and features editor for World magazine, a conservative Christian publication. Vincent is a San Diego resident who has written or co-written several books, including Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime and Corruption in the Democratic Party.

Palin reportedly spent weeks in San Diego shortly after resigning as Alaska governor and worked on the manuscript with her collaborator. The folksy memoir was completed just four months after the book deal was announced.

In the book's acknowledgments, Palin thanks Vincent for her "indispensable help in getting the words on paper."

Spam can be nefarious

We've all gotten e-mails asking that you forward them to all your friends to help cure a disease, be given the wish of your choice or become disgustingly wealthy. I'm sure someone is benefiting from jamming the Internet with all these e-mails, but I'm at a loss to figure out what that benefit might be.

Even if a spam e-mail isn't trying to sell you something, the person who sent it is probably trying to defraud you in another way.

One kind of spam tries to sell you things, like Viagra. Some senders of these messages will actually deliver products to their buyers. But such messages often link to sites that try to steal your credit card number or give you a computer virus that can be used to control your computer and carry out online crimes.

Another variety promises some freebie, like pornographic pictures or a fun video or timely news story. This kind of spam rarely delivers anything but headaches. You are told you need to open an attachment to view the images, but the attachment can contain a virus, allowing the sender to can take control of your computer and use it to send out more spam.

Some chain letters are just harmless hocus-pocus — a cute story with a prompt to forward it to 10 friends or risk a year of bad luck. But this type of game can be malicious, too, opening you and your friends up to even more malicious spam as your e-mail addresses get forwarded.

Criminals pump out spam constantly because it is a dirt-cheap way to do a digital stickup. It's essentially free to send, which is why about 90 percent of the world's e-mail is spam.

'Rules of Engagement' returning

I cannot understand why the TV show Rules of Engagement was not renewed. Do you know if there is any hope for it?

Yes. CBS did not cancel the show, but ordered it as a mid-season replacement. While a CBS rep said no date has been set for its return, it will be back sometime this year.

Q&A: Palin had help with book 'Going Rogue' 01/07/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 3:30am]
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