Oct 07, '01 11:37:56AM • Contributed by: nagani
After a couple of days messing around, I solved the problem. The owner of my home folder (/Users/myname) was root; regaining ownership via this command in the terminal:
sudo chown myname mynameReplace 'myname' with your short user name. This changed things back to normal.
[Editor's note: Make sure you're in your home directory first if you haven't just launched the Terminal -- type cd and hit enter, then execute the above command.]