Any consumer in a market dominated by big business, where the power and control exerted by those companies provides a less than optimal environment for the ability of the consumer to utilise the product or technology.

A consumer purchasing a laptop computer with a region restricted DVD drive and no DOS or linux driver support would be a connedsumer. Likewise would be someone searching for FTP server software which, although being decades old technology, is still sold by software firms and contains less functionality than one downloaded for free from sourceforge.
Software connedsumers are increasingly finding that illegal cracks of commercial software, or open source software, is the only choice for hassle free operation without compatability problems and proprietary hinderances.
by Frantic November 25, 2003
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