|Keep It Simple, Stupid|
If you don't mind laying out a whole £16.50/$30.00, then I can highly recommend this one. They allow you to download a full featured trial copy first so you can convince yourself it is worth the cost.
It's not perfect; and far from the most complex or feature rich editor, but it has pretty much everything I need and will take you no time at all to get comfortable with as most everything you do in notepad will work immediately. And everything else is available from menus, as well as being bound or bindable to keystrokes.
You'll also need to download syntax definitions for Perl and other languages, along with dictionaries for spell checking if you want them,
The entire thing installed, including help files, a dozen or so syntax definitions and dictionaries for 5 langauges comes in at under 5MB.
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Lingua non convalesco, consenesco et abolesco. -- Rule 1 has a caveat! -- Who broke the cabal?
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