I've been using cmd.exe more and more lately, and it's driving me crazy! I was spoiled for years with Apple's Terminal.app without even knowning it. It just seemed like the way a command line environment should work on a modern operating system. It's not the things like "dir" instead of "ls" that drive me crazy. It's not even the difference in how wildcards are handled. It's the UI of the environment hosting the shell. [On Windows, are there different terms for the UI part (like Terminal.app) vs. the shell part (like tcsh, bash, etc)?] One problem is a bit unavoidable. Windows uses the Control key for shortcuts while the Mac has the Command key for shortcuts. So, the Mac can continue to use Command-C for copy without interfering with Control-C in the shell. But, this isn't so easy on Windows since Control-C is used for copy, but also needs to be used in the shell.
Here are some of things that annoy me:
I was hoping to find lots of alternatives, like the great alternatives for notepad. However, I didn't find much. 4NT keeps the horrible UI, but replaces the underlying shell. eConsole and Console wrap cmd.exe, but focus on things like transparency and background images than selection behavior. eConsole seems to not support selection at all and Console retains the rectangular selection behavior.
Why don't these things bother more people? Is wrapping cmd.exe with a nice GUI harder than it seems? Maybe this would make a good side project... There are so many simple things that could be done to greatly improve productivity when working with the shell.