Recently Skype has been sending me notifications about people’s birthdays. I don’t give a shit about people’s birthdays and I don’t need Skype to remind me about them.

Well, I found a way to turn off these reminders. In Skype, go to Tools > Options > Notification settings > Display a notification in the Windows tray when someone… and uncheck “has a birthday”.

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I thought that was the end of it. Except just now, I heard a little jingle. Just a little innocent jingle. Where’s that come from? I thought. The answer was Hotmail. There was a notification in Hotmail about someone’s birthday.

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(The reason the above image is in French – as well as the remainder of the images in this post – is because I’ve set the language of my Hotmail account to French, so I can learn the language ‘by immersion’. So you’ll have to literally pardon my French.)

I did some research and discovered the real culprit was ‘Outlook Calendar‘. If you have a Hotmail account, then you have an Outlook Calendar. For me it’s like discovering a hidden room in my house that I never knew was there. There’s cobwebs and a skeleton lying in the corner. I’ve never seen the room before and I’m not sure I want it.

To stop the birthday notifications, first go to Outlook Calendar, click on the gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen, then click on Options.

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From here, go to Reminders and uncheck “Display reminder alerts”.

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Or better yet, go to Birthday calendar and select “Disable the birthday calendar” to deactivate it entirely.

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Hopefully that’s it for now. I can’t image why developers thought these notifications were a good idea in the first place. I don’t care if some stranger’s birthday is tomorrow, and I don’t want a sound and/or pop-up box to remind me about it either.