Online students reap enormous benefits from studying in a virtual environment. Better time management, schedule flexibility, improved mobility and avoiding a commute to campus are among some of the greatest perqs of online education. All that convenience is unlocked through technology. Specifically, through your personal computer. Whether it is a desktop in your home, the laptop you use while stationed in your favorite coffee shop or the tablet you use while sitting in the park, these machines are essentially your golden tether. Without them, you’d either have to take classes on campus or spend a big chunk of dough to replace them. So it makes sense to take good care of your machine. But many don’t really know what is required to properly maintain their computer and keep it running as well as it did when they first bought it. Many even spend good money to pay for “nerd squads” or other tech support outfits whose business model relies on peoples’ aversion to doing their own system maintenance. But why pay for this preventative maintenance when you can do it for yourself for free? Read this article from Wired magazine’s how-to wiki on easy computer maintenance practices that can keep your machine humming along nicely and save you a bundle.