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generally, it is a bad idea to give yourself full power for your user account. You'd be amazed at what you can break, so most people just use "su" to quickly change to root, do some task, and jump down.
Try using, the command `su` for, "Substitude user identity." You'll practically be root this way. You also can try issuing the command you did inside of the directory such as...
$ cd /mnt; sudo mkdir data
Oh yeah, if you have any problems mounting... try checking your kernel .config file for NTFS support. I'm not sure if this is a default or not... if it's not you'll just have to recompile your kernel for NTFS support.
As for the browser problem... if you're running Mozilla there are a bunch of Mozilla fonts out there, they normally fix that problem if you install them with Mozilla. (Mozilla, and Firefox that is.)