Why oh why does my little MSWin laptop seem to collect fonts like some people's navels collect lint? It came with uncountably many, and once I'd installed WordPerfect and a few other things, I had literally dozens of froufrou script fonts, Bookman-clones, and other things that would be just peachy for a wacky interoffice flyer about how it's gonna be Kathi's birthday next week!!!, but which are pointless on this machine that I hardly ever even hook up to a printer.
I normally just ignore the horrors of it all, but I looked in the Fonts directory today, and it had nearly 500 items. I do a lot of multilingual stuff, so I like to say things like "Well, one never knows when one needs to skim a document in Prakrit!" to justify having a few dozen fonts that provide things outside the usual Latin-1characters. But really. Do I giddily moved about three hundred things out of the fonts directory, and I then went wild killing things in my Netscape plugins directory. I'd swear things are quite faster now.
Now if I were clever enough to go tracking down all the unused/underused things that the system loads at bootup... such much cruft