Don't you hate having run mount to see what removable media is mounted on your system? Well, it sure bugs the hell out of me. I think there aught to be a tool that would show nice little icons for mounted volumes, so I wrote mounty. It periodically scans the /etc/mtab file and displays icons for specific entries. The icons, and which entries are displayed, are user configurable. You can also configure an action to be performed when the icon of a mounted volume is clicked, or actions to be performed from a popup menu on each icon. You can download mounty here.
While mounty does scratch a personal itch of mine, it was also a first attempt at a usefull X Windows program (I have been trying to teach myself X Windows programming for a few years). I got a little sidetracked, however, trying to abstract away the X Windows code needed for the GUI: the result is stdgui.