Incidentally, anyone who has taken an interest in the shell...how do you feel about the current environment, where the only processes you can see are your own?
Seems fine to me. I don't have a use case for needing to know about other users and other processes. The majority of my usage is occasionally feeding mini hosting via scp. Every blue moon or so I may ssh in to run some diagnostic from afar (e.g. nmap to see if I am unintentionally leaking access at home).
On the other hand, if the interactive ssh session was behaving oddly, I would probably run a handful of command line stats commands to see what was going on. It appears that df, vmstat, iostat, ifconfig, and probably others, are reporting system statistics.