On some days, zooming along the Internet is more fiction than fact. You may simply chug along because of:
An antiquated modem that's nowhere near ready to wear out, but it's still woefully outdated.
Some kind of problem (that resembles something like a personality clash) between your software and your computer.
Access problems of unknown origin—you know only that the phone company is sure that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is the cause and your ISP is certain it's a problem at the phone company.
Either way, you're stuck and going nowhere fast. This is an unacceptable and exasperating situation for a telecommuter, since so much of your connection to the world beyond your home office is likely ...