Well, the most common application of telnet/SSH is remote management. For example, if you're on the road and you need to say, read log files, or install new software, you would telnet in. There isn't really a web interface for everything, and even if there was, SSH is less resource intensive than a full featured browser. The servers I work with are to manage commercial printers. They don't have a full variety of commands (like mkdir, chmod, ls, etc etc), but instead, they have their own command set (start printing, stop printing, list documents, change document, etc).
In a way, you can think of the autocompletion like when you're on the command prompt (since it looks like you're in WinXP) and you type cd <folder name> .... but instead of typing out the entire folder name (say, cd myfolder), simply type cd my[tab] (press tab), and WinXP should autocomplete the folder name and show cd myfolder instead.
If you'd like an example of a telnet server that people won't mind you connecting to, you can try googling for 'MUDs' ... these are telnet servers made for entertainment purposes, and they more or less won't mind a random connection