How to display my prompt in color? I see a lot of text go up my screen, and a lot of crud. Something like (red)myName(red)@(blue)myMachine:~$(blue) would help simplify things a lot.
You can just edit your ~/.bashrc file and remove the hash (#) from the line:
Save the file, and from then on, your newly-opened shells will be colored ;-)
About the prompt colors, check the following link: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Bash-Prompt-HOWTO/x329.html