Bars are still used, though it is now mostly broadcast engineers that usually need it now. To a broadcast engineer, the bars will tell them they can get this far at this environmental settings at this amplitude (or something like that)
answered Mar 17 '11 at 19:12
Deal with it? I don't know what you mean by "the old days" as signal bars are still used, and still important.
I don't see any reason why you wouldn't want to see your signal strength.
answered Mar 17 '11 at 20:28