Here is what happened to our old
guestbook and all its entries
guestbook, launched in October 2004, was run by www.netguestbook.com, an online
guestbook service that kept bragging about hosting more
than 250,000 guestbooks. It suddenly stopped working
in June 2015.
even get into the administration area of our guestbook
account. It just didn't seem to exist any more. All
we got were error messages, and very useful ones:
No kidding! It's great to know how extremely quickly
this message was generated in view of the fact
the guestbook has been out of order since
And the 16 digits after the decimal
point are very im-
pressive, aren't they?
Now that's what we call professional
let's face it, the time in milliseconds mentioned in
box displayed above is chemically pure
humbuggery. In that period
of time, a single digital
bit inside a computer travels only a tiny
of a nanometer, i.e. it barely starts to move. The most
accurate atomic clocks are not even remotely able
such ultra-minute amounts of time.
the entire www.netguestbook.com
site was off-line for weeks, sporadically accessible
for a few hours, but even then, access to our admin
area was always denied by the weird error messages above.
We tried hundreds of times.
early sping 2016, about 22 complaints in written form
and in several languages remained unanswered. We even
filed a complaint with their Abuse Department (!), letting
them know that we felt sort of abused by their way of
handling, or rather NOT handling, the problem. No reaction
some research, we also emailed the guy that had the
Internet domain registered for that company some 14
years ago and still owns it. Again, no reply.
is owned by one Jürgen Riedel in Stuttgart, Germany,
who runs several small company Websites like www.babynamesarchives.com,
and various other sites, some of which do not work at
all, and none of them provides a usable contact address.
problems wouldn't be that bad if, at the very least,
it were possible to extract the several hundred former
guestbook entries so we could use them for our new guestbook.
However, since we cannot access the administration of
the old guestbook account, there's no way.
March 2016, we made an all new guestbook, located
on the servers that host our entire FILA Website. It
was launched in April 2016.
Besides that, of course, you can always
contact us by phone and email.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
In a huge
effort using some hard-core white-hat hacker tricks
and a lot of patience, I managed to retrieve most of
the lost guestbook entries from the server of the defunct
netguestbook.com Website. Meanwhile I converted them
to a data format that is compatible with the format
of the new guestbook, one by one, a mind-numbing chore
but sure worth the effort.
Unfortunately, 10 of
the 188 old messages could not be retrieved. My apologies
if your message got lost, but it's not my fault. We
relied on a professional service that went down the
Hans Joerg Rothenberger