Tom Cloud - 2013-03-25

I get 500 server error on initial access -- this is apparently due to the fact that my PHP is running as a CGI module rather than an Apache module (which is the recommended method).
I can't believe I'm the only user of phpMyChat Plus 1.94-RC2 whose PHP is set up as CGI.
Deleting the .htaccess file allowed me to complete the installation -- but what is the recommended procedure? .... and why isn't it noted in the install documentation?