Ah, great news!
On the 1.9 thing... I know I know , you just develop things so fast, as soon as I've tested something on one version, I see a new one is just around the corner!
I'll be moving the development over to 1.9 later this week, but if you're interested we just had the first successful chats through the PHP pml (no more ruby!) today ... working on the invite (whiteboard, avchat, groupchat) stuff now!