U.S. Army (ret.)
I DO appreciate reading "rants" like yours that are factual and not just emotional venting (and I particularly liked that handy caveat you wrote at the outset to fend off the trolls ). Having said that, I also hope that the mere posting of your complaints will have a certain cathartic effect and that you are now feeling less frustrated.This is a rant, plain and simple. I'm annoyed and I want to complain about it. If that's not your thing, kindly move along.
The good news is that you have already gotten several very helpful responses (all of which I second) which should rectify a couple of the issues that are irking you. If it's any consolation, I remain extremely happy with my Roamio Pro and Mini (on TE3 now and forever until Rovi pries it from my cold, dead hands ), so you can be fairly confident that there are alternatives out there in the TiVo ecosphere--whether you stick with your Bolt and just tweak some settings, revert from TE4 to TE3, or swap the Bolt for a Roamio.