Lots of us will probably be in chat while the boards are down.. if you generally come in with the java link, you will need to download mIRC..
Pc users http://www.mirc.com/get.html
Mac users can download Ircle at http://www.ircle.com
once mIRC is downloaded and installed on your computer.. (not sure if ircle is different, sorry)
start Mirc, File/options/connect
then choose add IRC server World IRC, under that WorldIRC:Random Server
fill in the name, email and nick and alt nick, hit connect to irc server
then in the message box of the status window type: /join #veggieboards
see ya in chat!