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 The NetGuestbook Saga

Here is what happened to our old guestbook and all its entries
 

Our original 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.

We couldn't 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:

Guestbook error message
No kidding! It's great to know how extremely quickly
this message was generated in view of the fact that
the guestbook has been out of order since June 2015.
And the 16 digits after the decimal point are very im-
pressive, aren't they?

Now that's what we call professional quality!

Ok, let's face it, the time in milliseconds mentioned in the message
box displayed above is chemically pure humbuggery. In that period
of time, a single digital bit inside a computer travels only a tiny
fraction of a nanometer, i.e. it barely starts to move. The most
accurate atomic clocks are not even remotely able to measure
such ultra-minute amounts of time.

Very often, 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.

Until 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 there either.

After 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.

The domain is owned by one Jürgen Riedel in Stuttgart, Germany, who runs several small company Websites like www.babynamesarchives.com, www.suedwestmedia.de, www.accessprotect.com, www.citymedia.de, www.webspace.de, and various other sites, some of which do not work at all, and none of them provides a usable contact address.

All these 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.

In 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.


Update March 18, 2017

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 drain.

Hans Joerg Rothenberger
FILA Webmaster 

 

 

Latest update March 18, 2017