I'm trying something new. Since I receive a ton of information that doesn't warrant detailed exploration in TidBITS, I'm starting a new section called TwoBITS that will address deserving announcements but will do so in only two sentences (and contact info). Let me know how you like it after you've seen a few.
Always Show Recipient In iChat
In iChat under Snow Leopard, choosing View > Always Show Recipient Bar puts a buddy's status message and color at the top of any iChat window. It can also be used to select among multiple open iChat logins you have to send a message to that buddy, or to select among multiple accounts you have registered in Address Book for that buddy.