I noticed while watching Dexter series that absolutely nothing that happens on a computer screen looks even remotely familiar. Operating systems are not Windows, OSX or Linux, nor are they re-skins of those, blogs look similar to LiveJournal but obviously are not a custom skin, chat programs look like nothing i have seen before. And there is a lot of detail in those, too. Usually there is always some small detail, something that lets you tell this is actually some familiar software. But in Dexter - nothing.

This have been bugging me. Is this just some actual software that i have never seen? Or did they actually take time to design all this (quite cheesy, frankly) stuff that most of the time can only be seen on the screen for a split second? And why on earth would they do that?

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    usually those things are invented for tv/film to avoid claims for surreptitious advertising.
    – oers
    Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 12:49

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I think they actually design all or may be few of the software used in Dexter.

For example according to Wiki the search engine used by Dexter can be found here: netrangler

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    The link seems to have expired, seems it's available here though: iywib.com/netrangler/netrangler/index.php. There is also eliotsearchengine.com (given to Dexter by Masukas game developer intern - Jamie?) and Finder Spyder (seems to be a running thing in different shows similar to the Howie scream)
    – Dan
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 11:13
  • @Dan Gamer developer intern was Louis, right? Also the link eliotsearchengine.com doesn't work anymore. But there's one search engine yelliot.com that comes up when I Google the phrase eliotsearchengine.
    – Sandun
    Commented Sep 13, 2021 at 23:03

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