Turns out I was the one that broke my net connection. Without giving the matter
enough thought, I plugged in a modular phone cord without a splitter or a DSL
filter, and this turned out to be the cause of my connectivity woes. Luckily I
finally made the connection, and things returned to normal immediately.
Speaking of returns to normalcy, I believe we finally got the Tickle ad campaign
removed (after a couple of failed attempts) after they slipped a decidedly
non-work-safe image (bewbs) into one of their personals. Sorry about that.