Windows tips. Be more friendly to Linuxoids.
Sometimes I have to use some windows-based servers. Native windows command-line shell isn't so user-friendly as linux one out-of-the-box. (I'm not talking about new Microsoft PowerShell). By the way, it's not too hard to fix.
Usually, I make 2 steps:
Turn ON "tab complete": Quote from Microsoft article:
To enable automatic complete for Cmd.exe, use Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe) to view the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Command Processor Edit the CompletionChar value, and set the value of REG_DWORD to 9
Install many useful GNU tools, (like tar,wget,gzip,less,bc etc.) from the GnuWin32: The GnuWin32 project provides Win32-versions of GNU tools, or tools with a similar open source licence. The ports are native ports, that is they rely only on libraries provided with any standard 32-bits MS-Windows operating system, such as MS-Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT / 2000 / XP. Native ports do not rely on some kind of Unix emulation, such as CygWin or Msys, so that there is no need to install additional emulation libraries. At present, all developments have been done under MS-Windows 98 and XP, using the Mingw port of the GNU C and C++ (GCC) compilers.
Homepage of the project: http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/ Automated gnuwin32 download tool: http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=163416