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Hidden Wi-Fi Diagnostics Application In OS X Lion 116

WankerWeasel writes "The latest version of Apple's operating system, OS X 10.7 Lion, has a hidden Wi-Fi Diagnostics application that allows the user to view information about their wireless network performance, record performance and also capture raw frames. Hidden away in the System folder the application is meant for Apple tech diagnostic use but is also very useful for any user interested in diagnosing wi-fi problems or checking network performance."
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Hidden Wi-Fi Diagnostics Application In OS X Lion

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  • by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Thursday September 08, 2011 @04:40AM (#37337408)

    It should be in Applications/Utilities, along with other apps that not every user would understand like Console and RAID Utility.

    I could not disagree more. By putting all those utilities in a folder you essentially create a clusterfuck equivalent just doing a directory listing in the system folder. None of this is hidden by the way. It doesn't occur to you to look System/Library/CoreServices? Does it occur to you to look for ping.exe in c:\windows\SysWOW64\ ?

    Why should any of this be linked? It's important to you so Google would often suffice. Look at a typical Windows 7 machine. There are 300 (exactly) applications in the SysWOW64 directory, the vast majority of them powerful, and the vast majority of them no one will ever have a need to execute.

  • Re:Who Cares? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Farmer Tim ( 530755 ) <roundfile@NoSpAM.mindless.com> on Thursday September 08, 2011 @04:57AM (#37337462) Journal

    Some do, most don't. Same as Windows, really.

  • Off-topic advice (Score:5, Informative)

    by Samantha Wright ( 1324923 ) on Thursday September 08, 2011 @05:21AM (#37337524) Homepage Journal

    Just a pedant's note: looking in SysWOW64 shouldn't occur to you at all. Despite the name, it's the 32-bit version of the 64-bit files, which actually live in the awkwardly-named system32. When a 32-bit program runs, SysWOW64 is mapped onto system32, just like Program Files (x86) is mapped onto Program Files, and parts of the registry are remapped (although I don't have the exact key name on hand, it's something like [HKCU|HKLM]\software\wow64node).

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