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A dying art

For at least a thousand years Chinese fishermen have been working with cormorants to catch fish in a kind of enforced symbiosis whereby both profit, though the bird is still effectively working on behalf of the human. The cormorants are trained, and when they go fishing a snare is tied around their throats that is large enough to allow small fish to pass, but prevents larger ones from being swallowed and they are stored in its crop (similar to a pelican’s but smaller). The bird gets to eat its fill as it hunts, but any larger fish are taken for human consumption.

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The Online Tools Trackur Couldn't Live Without

Trackur CEO Andy Beal often gets asked about the tools and software his team uses to run his company. Not the actual technology behind the software—although PHP, Lucene, Solr and MySQL are key, for those interested—but the third party tools that help to run the business-side of things.

He’s a big fan of the cloud, and you’ll see that most of the tools his team utilizes are cloud-hosted. Here are the ones that help with the day-to-day needs:

He explains why each is key to his success (and sanity) here.