Sorry folks. The forums were indeed down this morning for at least an hour and a half. Apparently, saloon.javaranch.com ran out of semaphores. I don't know what that means, but I suspect I'll be learning that this mornning.
Ooops, just to clarify ... The problem this morning had to do with saloon.javaranch.com having a semaphore leak. Since www.javaranch.com was working and saloon.javaranch.com was not, I'll assume that this semaphore thing is somehow tied to apache and not to linux.