I use a program called TextExpander, which lets me keep a huge library of shortcuts that expand into a large amount of text. It's great. One that I use about a million times a day—I type the word "fdate" and that expands into that particular day's date in this format: 2014-17-02.
Today I was taking notes longhand (like with a pen on paper, remember that?) and I wrote on the top of the page "fdate." And nothing happened.