This is my second attempt to post an update (yes, my connection dropped LITERALLY as my mouse pointer hovered over the Submit button).
Superfrank, I live in Sandhurst, near Camberley and my ISP is Virgin Media. I used to live in Frimley Green and the connection there was fine - fast and reliable. Here, it's pointless doing anything. I have a Virgin Media 10MB package, but we all know that only means 'up to'. Being an ADSL line, that probably diminishes further depending on how generous BT are feeling at the time.
I'm going to investigate mobile broadband this weekend and see if that at least gives me some consistency - it can't be any worse than what I've got. If that proves reliable enough, I'll trial the VPS route for a month to maximise my output. No point in VPS if my local connection is going to continue to drop out.
I lost 45p over 13 races the other day (using £2 stakes) due to these issues. The next evening, things were working fine and I made 55p over 5 races! You can see how counter-productive this thing is. This evening the problems are back en force, and I've lost 80p over 2 races - a drift reversed itself while I was waiting for my screen to unstick.
No more for me until I get things working as they should be...