As I'm sure we all know, the biggest flaw (debatable) in Windows is that, for historical reasons, the text based console is busted and neglected. Why? I have yet to find a support article answering this.
But MS, as well as the Open Source community, offers a few tools to make it feel like the real computer it actually is. Here's a handy one that needs little explanation. uptime.exe. It does what you think it does. Nothing more or less. For those non-unixen out there, it tells how long your box has been up since last shutdown/reboot.
Get it at support.microsoft.com
OK, in relation to our comment that the console is busted, we feel compelled to note that PowerShell, a new text interface for 7 and its server variants, is not busted, and might even be a super-ninja. But, we already had a set of tools to this, and they're universal. So, in addition to remembering/learning a crippled set of console commands for DOS, we get to learn a new one for Windows greater than 6.1.
PowerShell will be covered in a later article. We promise.