There is this little known ping option that allows you to get the uptime of many Linux-based devices. Some devices update this value every millisecond, some only every second. I'm not concerned about that because I can just ping a few times or so and compare the numbers to see how often they're being updated. It's not always accurate either since it's a 32-bit number and may only support up to 50 days or so, etc. But that's not my concern. I'm just trying to figure out how to get the timestamp in the first place.
There are numerous IcmpSendEcho examples online, so I won't bother including one here.
If you've already done this before and have a ready made EXE example for me to try, please feel free to send it. It must be in pure VB6 and Windows API. No 3rd party controls or DLLs.