okay here's the deal. Everything was fine in my computer I am on dial up and was downloading the free 9/11 commission report from iTunes and left. Hwen I returned I disconnected from the internet and quit iChat AV. I returned 10 minutes later, reconnected to the internet and restarted iChat. It was like I was opening the app for the first time. My saved away messages are gone as is all my addresses in my address book, calenders in iCal, Bookmarks in Safari, and preferences in all of those applications and Mail. I have my contacts and calenders saved on my iPod but I have not resynced since the stuff disapeared on my computer. If you have any advice please help me. I am on 10.3.4 and it is running on a 17" iMac, 1 ghz with 256 mhz of RAM. Please help me get my preferences back. I am not quitting iTunes yet, afraif I'd lose my album art or other preferences and I have not restart afraid I'll lose my finder prefs.