Geoff Ebbs

Chairperson of the Ebono Institute, Geoff Ebbs is author of the best-selling Australian Internet Book, past editor of PC Week and PC User and producer of the Big Byte, the Generator and the Cage. Currently at Griffith University, lecturing Design students in Business in Marketing, Geoff recently completed an intense Robotics course at Riga Technical University. He […]

Using StoryLines

Storylines is a subdomain of the Ebono Institute website that provides an alternative way of seeing the projects undertaken by the Institute. http://storylines.ebono.com.au Select a project from the left hand menu to see its relationship with other projects in the database. The projects with the deepest relationship are displayed around it, with the most significant […]

The Australian Internet Book

First published in March 1995, The Australian Internet Book introduced over 250,000 Australians to the Internet. The book sold 65,000 copies across four editions making it the best selling technical book ever published in Australia and was packaged with modems and Internet accounts while people learned how to take advantage of this brilliant new tool. […]

Strategic pipeline analysis

Almost everyone in business has heard of the sales pipeline and there are quite sophisticated tools for managing and reporting from a sales pipeline to create business forecasts. The Ebono Institute has a suite of these tools available in different forms. Most businesses find our spreadsheet based system quite useful. The Theory of Constraints work […]

Greens

As a journalist, I had always avoided carrying the membership card of any political party, or other lobby group on the basis of maintaining objectivity. While editing energy Daily in 2003, I realised that individual journalists can only gain influence as far as media proprietors let them and that independence might protect your job inside the media, […]

One Stop Green Shop

An ecommerce venture, designed to provide a retail platform for the many cottage industries, inventors and entrepreneurs on the northern NSW Coast who had little business and ecommerce experience and limited access to markets in the city. It suffered from being a second (or sixth) string project when my focus was on radio, politics and […]

Metadex

A system for indexing metadata, Metadex was designed to provide contextual support for text searching and allow the content management systems then under development to share information effectively. A US patent was applied before but the dot com crash took the company down before the patent was defended. Advances in text searching, artificial intelligence and […]

Seeking Throughlines Through Storylines

The Storylines interface is an exploration as well as a presentation tool. It was developed to reveal and discover throughlines as much as to present them. The reason for this is that I had never sat down and made a list of my projects, let alone examined them for throughlines or thought about identifying established […]