OK, cool. Thanks for the assist, enigma Z (boy, you're fast).
I followed what you said and I *THINK* I understood what was going on. However, two things:
1) I was not able to delete the icons off my desktop. I tried the context menu(no delete menu item), dragging selected icons to the Trash bin(Copy Here, Link Here, Cancel) and the delete key on my keyboard and nothing worked.
2) And the names appearing under the drive icons are still really long .. example:
"Hard Disc (hda7) mounted at /mnt/windows"
When I do a properties on this icon and try to change the name I get that "Creating directories is not supported with protocol devices
" message and the rename is not done.
Let me know if I'm not making sense with my question and I'll try my darndest to clear it up!