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    The Cyberpunk Technical Journal    

  1. Cybertech: The Cyberpunk Technical Journal  Original website mirror.
  2. Thomas Icom's L0pht Website  Mirror from around 1997.
  3. What is Cybertek?
  4. Frequently Asked Questions for Cybertek  Version 2.0B, March 7, 1995.
  5. Cybertek Article Archives
  6. Cybertek  Everthing2.com entry.
  7. Cybertek  Streettech review.
  8. Cybertek Zine  Dandies.org review.
  9. Wired Top 10
  10. Cybertech - Volume 3  Order a print version.
  11. An Introduction to SIGINT - Signals Intelligence
  12. Hacker Tools
  13. Cybertek - Volume 2  Single OCR'ed PDF file.  (12.4M PDF)
  14. Note the named changed to "Cybertech" in later issues.

Cybertek exists because its producer feels that we are sliding downward to become more and more of a totalitarian society, and that part of the solution to this problem is to impart knowledge and information which is essential for people to have if they desire to exist as free citizens in a free country.  An ignorant populace is very easy for a tyrant to keep down, but people who are knowledgeable in the ways and means to live independently and fight totalitarianism are impossible for despotic state to have control over.  As James Madison, the father of the U.S. Constitution, once said, "A people to mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives."

Cybertek's objective is the dissemination of practical, easy to understand information about technology, security, and self-reliance.  Articles in past (as well as in future) issues dealt with such subjects as COMPUTERS, PHONES, ELECTRONICS, ALTERNATIVE-ENERGY, WEAPONS, CHEMISTRY, SECURITY, SELF-RELIANCE, FINANCIAL, and HEALTH.  Knowledge of these topics is necessary for anyone seeking self-reliance and personal independence in today's world; as well as for preparing for any "unforeseen circumstances".

Cybertek is unique from other libertarian periodicals in that it is mostly (90%) practical, how-to type information.  We feel that enough editorializing has been done in regard to how bad things are, and how "they" are going to come and take away all the gun owners, readers of controversial literature, and other people who are a threat to "the new world order."  We figure our readers have heard enough of that, and now they're ready for information on how they can do something about the rising crime rate, increasingly totalitarian government policies, worsening economy, and other problems facing them today.  Cybertek's content is intended as a powerful tool to assist its readers maintain themselves, and those close to them, in an increasingly hostile world.

Cybertek is published for educational purposes only under The First Amendment of The United States Constitution.  The subject matter, while very controversial in the eyes of some, is currently 100% legal to possess in the United States; assuming Sarah Brady and HCI haven't yet payed off enough congressmen to pass a law banning "dangerous literature."  Although some of the information presented in Cybertek could be used in an illegal manner, no illegal acts are suggested or implied.

Cybertek Back Issues

  1. Cybertek #1  March/April 1990  (2.0M PDF)
  2. Cybertek #2  May/June 1990  (2.1M PDF)
  3. Cybertek #3  September/October 1990  (2.4M PDF)
  4. Cybertek #4  November/December 1990  (3.5M PDF)
  5. Cybertek #5  January/February 1991  (2.8M PDF)
  6. Cybertek #6  March/April 1991  (2.9M PDF)
  7. Cybertek #7  November/December 1991  (540k PDF)
  8. Cybertek #8  (512k PDF)
  9. Cybertek #9  January/February 1995  (420k PDF)
  10. Cybertek #10  March/April 1995  (461k PDF)
  11. Cybertek #11  May/June 1995  (334k PDF)
  12. Cybertek #12  July/August 1995  (541k PDF)
  13. Cybertek #13  Fall/Winter 1995  (486k PDF)
  14. Cybertek #14  Winter/Spring 1996  (546k PDF)
  15. Cybertek #15  1996  (493k PDF)
  16. Cybertek #16  (355k PDF)
  17. Cybertech #17  Tenth Anniversary Issue, Spring 2000  (71k PDF)
  18. Cybertech #18  November/December 2001  (210k PDF)
  19. Cybertech #19  January/February 2002  (456k PDF)
  20. Cybertech #20  March/April 2002  (153k PDF)
  21. Cybertech #21  July/August 2002  (828k PDF)
  22. Cybertech #22  November/December 2002  (759k PDF)
  23. Cybertech #23  October 2007  (699k PDF)
  24. Cybertech #24  Winter 2007-2008  (856k PDF)
  25. Cybertech #25  Spring/Summer 2008  (3.9M PDF)

Cybertech Electric

There was also five issues of an electronic version of Cybertech.  These were done during the mid 1990's, and contained articles from the print versions released during that time-frame.

  1. Cybertech Electric - Issue #1  December 24, 1995

  2. Cybertech Electric - Issue #2  January 2, 1996

  3. Cybertech Electric - Issue #3  February 2, 1995

  4. Cybertech Electric - Issue #4  July 30, 1996

  5. Cybertech Electric - Issue #5  May 17, 2001

The Pine Tree Journal

The New England Journal of Self-Reliance and Preparedness

  1. The Pine Tree Journal #1  November 2003  (382k PDF)
  2. The Pine Tree Journal #2  Winter 2004-2005  (1.1M PDF)
  3. The Pine Tree Journal #3  Fall 2006  (2.4M PDF)
  4. Survival Planning, Contingency Kits, and Bugging Out  Version 2.1  (811k PDF)

Technical Intelligence Communications (TICOM) 'Zine

From Thomas Icom:

For many years I published a 'zine called Cybertech.  It covered a combination of hacking, technology, and survivalism.  The first issue came out in 1990, and it was published sporadically until the end of 2002.  Around that time I finally had enough with the attitudes in the computer underground, and ceased publication.

A little while ago, I was surfing one my favorite sites on the Internet, Green Bay Professional Packet Radio (GBPPR).  The owner of the site is a fellow old-school hacker who used to publish his own 'zine back in the day.  He decided to make a go at retaking the computer underground, and starting publishing GBPPR 'Zine with some very good tehnical information.

After reading through a few issues of GBPPR 'Zine, I was inspired to again start a 'zine for technological enthusiasts; TICOM - Technical Intelligence COMmunications.

Starting with the November, 2005 issue I have combined The Pine Tree Journal with TICOM 'Zine.  Now it covers both hacking and survivalism, just like Cybertech did.

  1. TICOM 'Zine #1  February 2005  (14.6M PDF)
  2. TICOM 'Zine #2  March 2005  (4.6M PDF)
  3. TICOM 'Zine #3  April 2005  (782k PDF)
  4. TICOM 'Zine #4  November 2005  (1.7M PDF)
  5. TICOM 'Zine #5  April 2006  (870k PDF)
  6. TICOM 'Zine #6  January 2010  (420k PDF)

Musings of a Man in Black: Prometheus

Part common sense and all sensibility, Ticom's second book Musings of a Man in Black: Prometheus, presents the reader with an alternative take on survivalism.  Unlike the illusionary "what if" scenarios theorized by many "preppers," Icom's Dystonautics is a practical here-and-now how to think for oneself guide to adapting to the current environment, preparing for future probabilities, and thriving whilst doing so.

Contemporary and applicable to anyone in any situation, Prometheus is a pragmatic guide to not being caught up in the current state of mass-media hysteria by being prepared, informed, and ready for any and all eventualities.

By an Order of The Magnitude

Excerpt from Cybertech: The Cyberpunk Technical Journal  by Thomas Icom

It took three years to fully research and write By an Order of The Magnitude after I decided to go ahead with the project.  At the time (1990) I thought it was a pretty good technical manual, but that was sixteen years ago.  John Williams actually came up with the title.  The book was going to be "by an order of magnitude" better than other survival books on the market, and we came up with the concept of this shadowy group of hacker survivalists disseminating information to help people survive the impending collapse of society.  This "group" became known as "The Magnitude," and that's how the name came to be.  Now as I was finishing the manuscript for BAOOTM, I came to realize that I'd still be acquiring technological survival information, and that there should be a means for people who've read BAOOTM to get updates.  The whole Cyberpunk thing was in full swing, and fit right in with the technological survival philosophy.  Using the old-school TAP Magazine (I had acquired a set of back issues from a fellow phone phreak by then) and The Poor Man's James Bond as an inspiration, I went about creating a magazine that Jerod Pore called "2600 recombined with The Poor Man's James Bond."  That magazine was called Cybertek: The Cyberpunk Technical Journal.  I much later learned that the spelling "Cybertek" was trademarked since 1974 by a corporation down in Texas that does computer software for the insurance industry so I changed it to "Cybertech."

The Dystonaut

The Dynstonaut is Ticom's magazine for modern survivalists, hackers, phreaks, cyberpunks, drop-outs, hippies, disaffecteed Americans (of all kinds), neo-pagans (and just plain pagans - born-again or otherwise), libertarians (with a small and big "L"), LMIs, fellow travelers, wanderers who are not lost, and everyone else who lives in the various assorted philosophical or physical regions known as the Fringes, Outskirts, Outback, Great Black, Interzone, or wherever.  Contrary to what many may tell you, all rivers do flow into the same ocean.