Well I finally bit the bullet and upgraded to the new version of Movable Type. So far so good. The biggest change is that now if you want to post a comment you need to be registered with Typepad. Hopefully, the spammers will be gone. If not, the new version has much more powerful tools for editing the comments as well as better compatibility with Firefox. Of course where is the spell check??? You'd think that would be a no brainer.
The installation was actually quite painless too - no major hiccups at all. Now if I can just get organized and get some creative juices flowing so I can redesign!!