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Monthly Archives: November 2012

It would be wrong to say that using an interest calculator is a treat. It is, in fact, something that can be a problem for people who do not remember their junior high school math. The Interest = Principle X Rate X Time problems may have been forgotten by many people long ago. Even if the formula was not forgotten, many people prefer to avoid excessive math. When someone buys a new home or takes out a loan he may wonder how much interest he will pay. When he wonders how much interest he will pay, he needs to use this piece of software.

The calculator is a simple bit of coding. In fact, a person can easily program one on his own if he uses JavaScript. Because most people are not fluent in this computer language, they may decide to use the code someone else has provided. Many banks include an interest calculator on their website. They let anyone use it, because the service costs them very little and it may lead to customers taking out loans from their bank.

All the user has to do is put the numbers into the calculator in the right order. The software does the rest as soon as he hits the calculate button.  If someone does not want to do it on a website, there are plenty of apps for Android, iPhone and Blackberry phones that serve the same purpose. These apps can be downloaded from the various market places for free.

A thing of beauty or a cheap advertising gimmick?

Have to say I love it!  Sometimes it’s hard to actually appreciate a design when it’s deliberately commercial.  I mean obviously the intention is to sell more cans of Coke but does that make the design any more artistic.  Of course there are some who would say it did, but I’m not one of them.

You can take someone like Damien Hirst who transformed the way the art market works and has become one of the wealthiest artists of all time.  His works were certainly innovative but he also has a very shrewd business brain which is what many artists don’t possess.  Hirst is also not the first to have in fact employed factory style working practices to produce their art work in bulk.  Andy Warhol did something similar but not on the same scale and commercial success.  In fact Hirst has something like 140 employees producing his art.  It’s a long way from the image of struggling artist alone in his rundown apartment in Monmartre.

On that point there’s a new series coming up on the BBC which covers commercial and modern art and I’m sure Mr Hirst will get a mention or three.  You can catch it on the BBC Iplayer and if you’re outside the UK, this website – demonstrates how you can watch the BBC Iplayer anywhere.

It’s also being rebroadcast on French and Canadian TV, plus someone told me it’s on RTE Player too in Ireland, here’s how to access.