How to completely remove Birthdays from Google Calendar

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When looking at appointments today I saw a birthday appointment for someone I barely knew. Strange. I’d already deactivated iCal and Facebook birthday calendars […] But today, there was a new calendar in my Gmail group called “Birthdays”.

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Upon further investigation, I learned that the Birthday calendar displays birthdays of people in your Google+ circles and Google Contacts.

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Lovely! A calendar that lists the birthdays of people I’ve emailed once or people I’m connected to on a social network that I wouldn’t use if Google didn’t force me to register for to do practically anything on Google.

Turns out it’s quite a maze to actually remove that calendar. Smells like a Roach Motel.

How to completely remove Birthdays from Google Calendar →

Calling all digital nomads: Switch your mail (and other stuff) to Google Apps … yesterday!

As I’m quite a digital nomad myself I need to have access to my inbox and mail archive from any place (and with that, any system – be it my macbook, my pc, my gf’s pc, an internetcafé, etc.) at any time. Next to that issue I want to have lots of space (my mail archive already is a whopping 1.2 GiBi … after having cleaned it out!), good spam filters, one interface/app to rule them all (viz. one interface/app to manage my mail on ALL my mail addresses) and – most importantly – support for labels (aka tags).

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