Getting even Spicier

Posted by beakersoft | Posted in Betas | Posted on 15-04-2008


Hot on the heels of the last release of Spiceworks 2.0, they are already getting version 3.0 ready. The preview page is up now at

They are not giving to much away at the moment but it looks to have some cool new features such as active directory integration (to be fair that should have been in from the start) and monitoring of exchange servers (that looks really interesting).

As i did when version 2 came out I will do some tests and compare how it performs against previous versions, hopefully its network scanning and device identification has got even better.

Also due out soon is the new version of Ubuntu (8.04), i keep meaning to try and use Linux more when i’m at home. Hopefully this will be the version that prompts me to do it. I’ve had problems with encryption on my Wireless network card before, I’m hoping this will cure it.

Firefox 3 beta 1

Posted by beakersoft | Posted in Betas | Posted on 22-11-2007


Firefox 3 is now at its beta stage, so i’ve decided to start using it. you can get more details at

As well as a new rendering engine (gecko) there are various new features, such as the places options that let you easily bookmark and tag you favorites, and have fast access to them. As its a beta its probably not a good idea to use it on any production machines.

On another note i am in the process of creating a new blogg based on the wordpress platform. I’ve not fallen out with blogger or anything like that, its just that wordpress gives me more flexibility over what I can do. You can check it out at

Its a work in progress so some things might not be perfect yet

Spiceworks and Firefox Beta Time

Posted by beakersoft | Posted in Betas | Posted on 12-11-2007


I noticed on a couple of days ago there was an story about Firefox3 not being in beta, but is is out soon its worth mentioning it. You can see all the happening at, but these are a list of upcoming features:

  • Improved bookmarking system called ‘places’
  • Improved support for add ons
  • New version of the rendering engine Gecko 1.9

See the above link for more details. You can download the current Alpha (9) but as the beta’s out soon unless you are a developer are very curious then probably best to wait for that.

I also received an email from Spiceworks, about a beta version of spiceworks 2 beta. You can sign up for it at At the minute they seam to be keeping quite about the features, but there is a thread at that has a bit more information.

Betas, Betas everywhere

Posted by beakersoft | Posted in Betas | Posted on 28-07-2007


Loads of Stuff seams to be in the pre-realise (beta) testing phase at the minute. I have just downloaded the beta of the bbc’s tv-on-demand service, iPlayer.

Using this you can download programs broadcast over the last 7 days, and then have a limited time to watch them on your pc. I think the technology is peer to peer based, so presumably downloads of more popular programs will happen quicker.
The only thing that it seams to have against it at the minute is it will only work on Windows XP machines, running Internet explorer. It even moaned at me when I accessed the site using Firefox. Reading stuff online it does seem they will be releasing a version in the future that will work on Linux/OSX and with other browsers, so most people wont have to wait to long. You can sign up to the beta (if you live in the UK) at

Also in early testing at the mo is Firefox3. You can download the current Alpha version and find out about all the new features at
There’s quite a few cool new things planned, there are updating the rendering engine to improve speed and support for new standards, improving the way updates work, developing a new way of storing bookmarks (now called ‘places’) and various other things. I think ill wait until a Beta version comes out before downloading it though, I’ve not really got a machine I can easily blow away if it stuffs it up!

Its not just software that’s in the testing phase, we are getting a prototype laptop at work that has a solid state hard drive in it instead of a traditional spindle based one. This seams where the future of disks seams to be going, its understandable really especially as the amount of data you can get on them is ever increasing. They will be especially suited to laptops as well as they will draw much less power than existing disks due to there being no moving parts. Pity its not coming into my office so I wont be getting my hands on it!

I’ve also has another article published on, its the second part of the one I did about controlling Windows fax services, you can read it here