Ice water is not cool Mark! :P
We've by now identified two causes that both result in the same result, the infamous menus showing, component and toolbar not.
1. The first one happens when the server is PHP 5.3, and have ionCuber loader running where Stream Wrappers*. We contacted the ionCube devs right away the second we isolated this problem and were able to reproduce consistently. They got back to us right away and helped them identify the problem and work on a fix. Two weeks ago they notified me the problem is fixed. I checked their News site** and see that no new ionCube loader releases have been made since April 2010 and there's nothing we can do to fix it on our side we'll just have to wait.
If you're affected by #2, then you can still install Ninjaboard semi manually while you wait for us to release Stable.
1. Install Ninjaboard like normally.
2. Unzip Ninjaboard on your computer and open the "packages" folder.
3. Install each of the packages in there like regular extensions.
Our installer script is nothing but an ajaxed installer that installs each of those packages through com_installer, like you would manually. Because of that any additional extension need to be installable as if it's meant to be installed like a normal extension.
We apologize for any inconvenience and can assure you we're going to release Stable as fast as we can!
And one more thing, if anyone of you experience the this issue, but don't have ionCube, and run j! 1.5 then please let us know :)
*Stream Wrappers is a PHP API that enables Chameleon to function the way it does and Nooku Framework also use it to filter and parse template layouts (which is why everything is blank, not just Chameleon).