Made it better to make it worse, so make it worse to make it better

Some time last week the ReplayTV stopped connecting successfully. At the weekend, the program guide information ran out and it stopped recording, so I think we missed The Simpsons and a couple of other shows. It appears that something phone-related was upgraded—perhaps the modems at the ISP the box dials in to, perhaps our phone line—and the ReplayTV modem started connecting at a higher speed… which it couldn’t sustain, causing it to drop the line part way through.