It's ironic that this issue focuses on one of our biggest features of the year: our annual Tech Survey. The timing was especially notable to me because it coincided with Financial Planning facing perhaps its biggest technology challenge in its history.

Thankfully, the staff of FP was spared from tragedy amid the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. But our office building in New York - a few hundred feet from New York Harbor in lower Manhattan - incurred heavy damage, as did much of the immediate neighborhood. The tidal surge brought waves of water into the lobby, flooding elevator shafts, ruining electrical systems - and promptly evicting virtually every nearby resident until extensive repairs are made. It is tempting to say the water levels were unprecedented, but I fatefully recall of one of the little reminders of old New York I love to point out when I show visitors around the neighborhood: blue-stenciled sidewalk inscriptions that say, "1609 Waterline."

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