Here’s an odd little feature I never knew was in Notepad, Microsoft’s otherwise featureless text editor: It can be used to make log files. Give it a shot: Open Notepad and type .LOG on the first line, then save the file as whatever you want. Now every time you open the file the current date and time will be appended to it, which make it super-quick to create simple texty log files for whatever you want. Of course, every word processor and many text editors have shortcut keys for inserting the date, but simplicity does have its appeal. The Microsoft knowledgebase says this feature only applies to Windows 98 and ME, but it seems to work fine in XP as well.
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