PS1='`hostname -s`:$PWD$ '
This creates a prompt like this:
Unfortunately, prior to today I manually sourced the .profile to change the prompt, using '. .profile' in the user's home directory.
While perusing this Unix for Advanced Users guide, I came across this article: Is my .login or .profile being used?. It explained that I needed to start xterm with the '-ls' option to specify it running as a login shell. In that case it will read the user's .profile. Here is the menu command I use to start xterm:
xterm -ls -sb -rv -fg green -fn 9x15bold -geometry 80x24
The -sb creates a scroll bar; -rv specifies reverse video; -fg makes text green; -fn specifies the font; and -geometry sets the window size.
I also want to make note of a file that I use to set a resolution of 100x100 when X starts. My .xserverrc file looks like this:
exec /usr/X11R6/bin/X -dpi 100 -nolisten tcp
I can confirm this with xdpyinfo:
resolution: 100x100 dots per inch
A final usability issue involves batteries and FreeBSD laptops. This post to freebsd-mobile is part of a thread discussing differences between suspending and hibernating a laptop. I'm able to have my laptop suspend, thanks to the BIOS I believe. Read the posts for more information if interested.