No kidding, I felt the same way. basically, if cdrw or dvdrw can't work like exactly like the old floppy drives, it's not worth it to me. As in drag and drop, copy, delete, normal file management stuff...if it can't do that, forget it. I don't really want to use nero or roxio software to us a rw disc. If I'm going to go through the whole burning process, I'll just use regular media. That's why people use the thumbdrives, it just acts like a normal disc drive.
I'm actually kind of surprised that through the years, no good removable rewriteable storage device became popular. I know zip disks were pretty popular for a while, but they are pretty much done now. Thumbdrives are everywhere, but it's not really the same as a high capacity disk drive with cheap disks. Something like minidiscs are cool, but that never took off in the US. Don't you think it would be cool to have a stable, rewriteable media with cheap floppy-diskish prices?
There's a company, Addonics, that offers a solution for swapping hard drives back and forth that is cool (this is kind of off topic). They have encolsures that kind slide into a regular 5.25" bay, but the cool thing is that when you pull one of them out, you can also use the encloure as a usb or firewire drive. How cool is that?! Double the pleasure, double the fun!