This is great news!
Regarding Device Watchman - I just found it! I think especially the function of a "Tiny Windows Service to keep your drive assignments as you specified on any number of PCs" is VERY attractive because it would simplify using external USB storage a lot for the BIG crowd of average PC users. This is what I call drive management as opposed to what M$ NEVER did.
What I will do tomorrow (I am in Norway) is try out both Safely Remove and Device Watchman and also see if this will fit with a menu&launcher (of choice). There are MANY menu&launchers out there because they are the same as using a CD/DVD autoplay/autorun, but the main problem is still with the autorun/play not being activated for "security reasons".
purchase Safely Remove just because of the solution to the "cannot close down...." when disconnecting problem, but I also very much try to have as few tools as possible installed, so if I could use only Safely Remove together with some menu&launcher.....
My worst nightmares came from installing some big bloated "security tool" - let's say MaxBlast v5 or MagicISO
- only to find that some driver++ clashed with other software, so I had to copy back a complete Registry from before to get up and running again.
This is also why I VERY much favour putting ALL needed software onto the portable device and run it all from there when using portable gadgets - it's more secure.