So now when I edit photos I can see the effect on a large version at the same time. One of the most annoying things is editing something zoomed into 200% so you have control over the finer details, only to realize when you zoom out to view the total effect that you've turned a person into a weirder version of themselves, rather than the prettier, rockstar version that you were aiming for. Or that you've removed their nostrils.
Anyhoo - I also got me a 500GB MyBook Studio Edition external hard drive so that I can back up all the photos. I realized it was kinda risky having only 1 copy of everything...
So yay! New screen & new hard drive! All hooked up and running!
My inner geek is feeling celebratory.