i'm almost there chuck. i checked all the cookie values that were listed above, and those helped me to get back into my admin program for photopost. i guess it knows who i am again.
two problems left that are probably related.
when i click on any of my public photo albums, i get "You do not have permission to view this category." when i'm in the admin area and click on "edit catagories" i get "Unable to find category: 504" if i click on a different catagory, i get the same message with a different catagory number at the end.
the only thing that was amiss before was the cookie prefix entry was blank, i added bb and that's what got me into the admin program.
thanks for your help.