Here is another small thing to make working with Linux more convenient: auto-mounting of hotplug-able devices. This is again specific to Debian GNU/Linux, but might be applicable to other distributions with only slight changes. Quite a few of the following steps have been taken from Ubuntu - well done folks!
The whole auto-mounting described here is based upon hald, a daemon that monitors the system’s hardware.
Update: As of 2010, none of this is typically required.
USB sticks are really useful. Not only for transferring files between computers, but also also rescue media, or more generally, to boot from. However, making a USB stick bootable can turn out to be tricky. This small howto describes the tricks that I discovered over the last years. The following commands assume the necessary package to be installed under Linux. It has been tested with Debian GNU/Linux sid (unstable as of 2006-06-26) with packages mbr (1.