My teeth hurt from the grinding
Spent hours this afternoon turning off or removing any OS Mavericks functionality that had to do with the airwaves. Bluetooth: Gone. "Virtual interfaces": Gone. Old network connections: Gone. Thunderbolt Bridge, whatever the hell that is: Gone. And wherever there were lists, like of network interfaces, I moved WiFi first, ahead of whatever I couldn't kill.
At least I know I'm not the only one who's discovered that OS X just isn't reliable anymore. (I mean, c'mon guys. You fucked up WiFi? On a laptop with no Ethernet port?)
Anyhow, I've got a ping going in my shell right now, and there haven't been any dropped packets or dropped connections for a couple of hours, now. Yay?
Because it was so fucking miserably cold and rainy today, I didn't sit out in the garden, but went to the local coffee shop, and noticed something: In the garden, it seemed that I would always have problems around 3:00PM but I didn't know whether that was tenants coming home with new devices, or machines waking up, or whatever. However, in the coffee shop, bang! Dropped connection at 3:00PM, on the dot. That sounded like something waking up and polling the networks, or a script, or sumpin. So I started ripping out everything that wasn't WiFi, in the hope of killing whatever woke up.
Of course, it could all screw up again, tomorrow.
You just have no idea how frustrating and demoralizing OS Mavericks' WiFi suckitude has been. For weeks, I've had a rough patch of at least an hour a day doing this shit, and my level of irritation and stress has not been lowered, I'm tellin' ya. Snarl.