My post was not intended to be offending. And I honestly never thought showing someone more useful tools than Windows provides by default, could be interpreted as condescending. Never too old to learn.
And you are right, recently WikiLeaks showed that the CIA uses Notepad++ (specific .dll) as a way to gain access to Windows servers, so that could be seen as a big disadvantage. To clarify, the software I am involved in uses its own specific scripting language and comes with a 350 page manual that just describes the commands and their parameters. Notepad++ allows you to create your own script language file for command highlighting, filling out partial commands and such things. There is a lot of that scripting going on, so any tool that helps us get things done faster, is better for all parties involved. Notepad itself is inadequate for anything beside editing relatively small text files
Besides, I asked that same company 6 weeks ago for an email-address (on a mail server they own and manage themselves) to send automatic notifications to a certain group of people on their own mail server. The manager agreed I should have the mail address and thanked me for pro-active thinking in their benefit. Yet I still don't have it even after sending weekly reminders.
Wouldn't be too much of a stretch to consider this to be condescending as well.
I will finish with this: when someone thinks they have all wisdom, that's the moment they should go back to the "trenches", as they clearly have spent too much time in their ivory tower. That was how I was thought by parents, family and (in a slightly lesser degree) at school. As I said earlier, never considered it to be condescending when pointing towards better software for mutual benefit. Till now, that is.