After much fumbling, and trying to mount "devices" that were probably USB hubs
, I wondered, "What's in /dev/disk, exactly?" I found a folder called "by-label"...labels are used for removable media, so I listed its contents.
If your distro has /dev/disk/by-label and you have inserted your USB stick, you should see its label
here as a link! (I don't know what will be used as a label if you haven't actually labled your stick.)
Then just use the link
(instead of real path) in mount command:
mount /dev/disk/by-label/MY-PROJECTS /mnt/jump -t auto
You will see the contents of your USB stick! You can navigate in whatever GNOME file-manager you have if in GUI mode.
Please let me know if this works in your distro. I never used USB sticks in Linux before because I had no reason to until I got a laptop.
I have Slackware 12.0, and nothing about the "by-label" folder is mentioned in the man pages for "mount"...I just found it.