"it really feels like the second coming of the CD-ROM revolution"
Here Cory has confused the marketing hyperbole surrounding the iPad with actual facts. Yes, there's a lot of hype, but it has nothing to do with the iPad's abilities. If you're thinking about getting an iPad, look at the facts, not hype. I would have thought that someone as smart as Cory would know better than this.
Incumbents made bad revolutionaries
His main point here is that Marvel "improves" comics in their iPad app by taking away customer's rights. He's absolutely correct in the details, but his point is irrelevant. The fact that digital content is locked down is only relevant to the decision to buy the digital content, not the hardware. Let's extend his argument one step. "You shouldn't buy a PC because Ebooks are DRMed." Does that make any sense?
He objects to how the iPad has been turned into an appliance, not a general purpose device. The end user can't hack it or program it directly. So tell me, Cory, do you program your cellphone? What about your television? What about your kitchen appliances?
Wal-Martization of the software channel
He objects to how tightly Apple controls iTunes and the App Store. I agree completely.
Journalism is looking for a daddy figure
So what? This has nothing to do with the consumer.
Gadgets come and gadgets go
He touches on the battery issue, which I agree with. The fact that the hardware is locked down should affect whether you buy the iPad.