I've been looking for a replacement for notepad.exe. My requirements are that it load very fast (as fast as notepad), that it be tabbed so that when I've got 20 notepads open it doesn't fill up my taskbar, and that it autosave on a periodic basis so that if my system crashes I don't lose all of the data.
Here's the batch file that I threw together to use instead of notepad.exe
FOR /F "tokens=*" %%A IN ('c:\Cygwin\bin\date +%%Y%%m%%d-%%H%%M%%S') DO set TIMESTAMP=%%A
type this-file-does-not-exist > "%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\notes\%TIMESTAMP%.txt" 2>null
start "Notepad" "%ProgramFiles%\Notepad++\notepad++.exe" "%USERPROFILE%\My Documents\notes\%TIMESTAMP%.txt"