Hello everyone...I joined up early last year but never got around to posting, and now what I was working on is finally (almost) done.
It's a DirectX powered command line environment for Windows. Basically cmd.exe redone with graphics acceleration. It's called Tritium.
So if you pop up a command window to run svn, start builds, check network connectivity, and so on, with Tritium you can do it in a way that looks far cooler! Tritium has a bunch of different themes and special effects, and is fully customizable. It has a configuration tool that is flexible, but it also has human-readable configuration files and editable texture files (.png).
Thank you Sepiantum....and thanks for the note and screenshot about the pause command--much appreciated. I'll look into it. It appears <enter> works, but not other keys.
One other related caveat, Tritium won't work with old-fashioned console apps like Midnight Commander, Vi, or Emacs...things that depend heavily on console text APIs to build text menus and navigation. It was designed for typical command line IO.
Tritium *does* implement tab completion, copy/paste (ctrl-x/ctrl-v), ctrl-c for script termination, command history using the arrow keys, and the <cmd>|more construct (or more <file.txt>), command line editing with arrows, home, end, and delete keys, and some other things too.