It can take a while to get used to something new. I suspect once you learn your way around the panel, and the shell, you will feel differently about the control panel.
At any rate, to monitor historical data on CPU usage, you can enable user resource reporting by going to the Control Panel -> Users -> Manage users screen, clicking the "edit" link adjacent to the user you want to enable reporting for, and "check" the "CPU Reporting" checkbox. Submit the form and within about 24 hours information will start to be collected and stored for your review.
For more information on how to view, use, or gain increased granularity for these reports, check out the DH WIki article on User Resource Reporting and the link on that page.
p.s. - Since you never responded, I was wondering if you got your seo4smf issue sorted out?