That sentence right there probably looks and sounds very familiar to many of you, doesn't it? If you're ancient (or, at least over 40 like me) you might have been forced to type that sentence if you ever took an official typing class in high school, junior college or some sort of technical training course. Or, you might have been asked to do it as part of a tutorial for learning a word processor.
Taking its queue from that history of clattering typewriter classes, Quick Brown Fox is also the name of a very cute and very early word processor for the VIC-20 and Commodore 64. It came out way back in 1982, and was provided originally in cassette or cartridge form."The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is an English-language pangram—a sentence that contains all of the letters of the English alphabet. Owing to its brevity and coherence, it has become widely known. The phrase is commonly used for touch-typing practice, testing typewriters and computer keyboards, displaying examples of fonts, and other applications involving text where the use of all letters in the alphabet is desired.
A friend of mine came into possession of an original boxed version but didn't want it. So, I happily took it off his hands. I was stunned when it arrived in the mail. the box is huge! It's not thick or heavy, but it's really quite large. What a strange form factor, I thought.
Something about this cartridge is really odd. In fact, there a few things about it that are rather unique. The first, and most bizarre, is that it won't actually fit onto the cartridge port. The brown plastic will fit in the hole, but the cartridge board's pins are vastly misaligned and won't actually seat into the receiver.
When compared to a regular working cartridge, the Quick Brown Fox's board is several millimeters out of alignment.
It made me wonder if the 64C/Kickstarter case was different than the breadbin which I'd never actually contemplated before, so I tested it on both.
But nope. This cartridge just wouldn't work. And no - you don't flip the cartridge upside down to make it work. As stated in the instruction manual, the logo is to face upwards. It's just a totally jank cart.
However... the other weird thing about this little thing is it can be very easily taken apart. You can gently pry it apart. There's no glue, no screws - just a light pressure fit on some stems.
Overall, it's a very nice program. Is it the most powerful, full featured Word Processor for the C64? Hardly. But it is quite user friendly and to the point.
And quick. And brown.