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Release It! by Michael T. Nygard

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Black Friday

The next morning, on Black Friday, I ambled into the office after breakfast to glance at the stats. Orders were trending even higher than the day before. Session counts were up, but page latency was still down around 250 milliseconds, right where we knew it should be. I decided to head out around town with my mom to pick up the ingredients for chicken curry. (It would be Thanksgiving leftovers for dinner on Friday, but I wanted to make the curry on Saturday, and our favorite Thai market was closed on Saturday.)

Of course, I wouldn’t be telling this story if things didn’t go horribly wrong. And, things wouldn’t go horribly wrong until I was well away from my access point. Sure enough, I got the call when I was halfway across town. ...

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