I’ve always been intrigued by the fake interfaces often used in banner advertisements. Some ethically challenged advertisers mimic the appearance of Windows XP dialog boxes to encourage folks to buy software they don’t need. (You have a virus! Click here!) Sometimes the fake is limited to form controls, like pop-up menus. I suppose phishing is another example of fake interfaces; the other day I copied a URL out of an obviously phishy email and checked out the fake Amazon.com interface the phishers had generated. It was quite fascinating (but is gone now).
At the right is the latest example of this technique which I’ve noticed. This advertisement caught my eye because it duplicates Apple’s QuickTime Player, which I don’t have installed on my Linux system. At first I thought some free software media player wonks had decided to copy the Player interface; then I realized it was just an animated gif. At least this image isn’t being used to sell unneeded software or to get folks to turn over credit card numbers.