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It's got to be divine inspiration. First there was "Angels: The CD-ROM." Now we hear about "Charlton Heston's Voyage Through the Bible," a CD-ROM featuring Mr. Heston (a man well-versed in Biblical things) touring through parts of Egypt and Palestine in his Land Rover. The two-disc set (Old and New Testaments, natch) from Jones Interactive and Agamemnon Films also will feature the entire text of the King James Bible. All this religious fervor makes us wonder: How long before someone offers up an e-mail link to the man upstairs?

It isn't easy being Blue. IBM alumni are a big group these days. And one company, Big Blue Alumni International, is out to make some money off of them. BBAI last month started a private online forum for IBM alums, offering job postings and a chance to vent about their ex-employer. The site of this forum? None other than Prodigy, a joint venture of IBM and Sears, Roebuck & Co. Going on Prodigy wasn't a dig at IBM, says BBAI President David Camm. But he adds, "If we could somehow impact that revenue stream positively it wouldn't hurt," a pointed reference to the venture's ongoing money woes.

Taking Congress to tax. If you're a taxpayer concerned about federal spending, there's now an online way to keep track of how your Congressional representatives vote on such measures. The service, called Vote-Tally, will let you compare how Republicans fare vs. Democrats or how the House ranks against the Senate. You can fid the forum on CompuServe, a unit of H&R Block ... one of the largest tax preparation companies in the country. Now that's synergy.

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