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Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:31 am
by Braybuddy
People on this site know everything, so I'll throw this out to the masses:

Earlier this month a hotel booking for Paris CDG appeared on my Google calendar, which was a surprise to say the least as I had not booked it. We transited through that airport on that day, but with a connection time of three and a half hours between flights there was absolutely no need to book a hotel. Right clicking on the event gave me the option of viewing the source, which turned out to be my flight confirmation e-mail. No hotel booking on it at all. I have sent feedback to Google, but from previous experience, they can take a while to get back.

What's going on here? Anyone else come across this before?

RE: Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 12:22 pm
by WIederling
Only issue I ever had was with "repeat events".
I had entered waking and mealtime events for 3 weeks of phys. rehab
as "daily repeats" on/from my Android phone.

This synced nicely with google calendar. fine.

When I deleted these with "all after this date" at end of stay
they started to reappear as syncs from the google side.

But in your case it appears to be based on overly ambitious heuristics?

RE: Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 12:25 pm
by Aesma
Yeah I'm thinking the email contained mentions of an hotel, maybe an ad or something like that ?

RE: Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:02 pm
by Braybuddy
Quoting WIederling (Reply 1):
But in your case it appears to be based on overly ambitious heuristics?
Quoting Aesma (Reply 2):
Yeah I'm thinking the email contained mentions of an hotel, maybe an ad or something like that ?

I've gone through the e-mail with a fine-tooth comb and there are no ads, and no mention of any hotel anywhere. It is a simple flight itinerary, listing our names, airlines, destinations, dates, flight numbers, timings, aircraft, flight distances and length of flight in hours and minutes, plus connection times. I have no problem with Google adding any of that information to my calendar, but creating fictional hotel bookings is bizarre to say the least. I know heuristics sacrifice accuracy for speed, but creating a hotel booking for a three and a half hour layover? Strange.

RE: Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:04 pm
by rfields5421
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 3):
I have no problem with Google adding any of that information to my calendar, but creating fictional hotel bookings is bizarre to say the least.

I doubt Google added anything.

I'm starting to get more and more such ads from gmail junk mail. Apparently some new ad-bots out to automatically add such information.

If the flight itinerary had any imbedded visuals, logos, graphics, etc - there was likely an ad hidden inside those visuals. Hotel companies pay airlines (and especially flight booking websites) to include such hidden links in their flight confirmation notice. If it comes to a gmail account, it will add the item to your Google calendar.

I have my Google calendar set so that absolutely no information is added to my calendar from e-mails which I receive on the gmail account.

RE: Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:33 pm
by Braybuddy
Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 4):
I have my Google calendar set so that absolutely no information is added to my calendar from e-mails which I receive on the gmail account.

As I haven't had any problems with this before, I find it very handy. The only thing that bugs me about the calendar is the abundance of the preset events, ones which have absolutely no relevance to me (ie birthdays of people I barely know, bank holidays in other countries and names of days, such as "Boxing Day" for 26 December, which no-one uses here) which seem you seem to have to go back to ground zero to remove, which hardly seems worthwhile.

Does anybody know if there's an easy way to edit or remove these?

RE: Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:39 pm
by ha763
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 5):
As I haven't had any problems with this before, I find it very handy. The only thing that bugs me about the calendar is the abundance of the preset events, ones which have absolutely no relevance to me (ie birthdays of people I barely know, bank holidays in other countries and names of days, such as "Boxing Day" for 26 December, which no-one uses here) which seem you seem to have to go back to ground zero to remove, which hardly seems worthwhile.

Does anybody know if there's an easy way to edit or remove these?

For holidays, check what is subscribed in the Other calendars listing. If looking at the calendar on your computer, it should be right under the My calendars listing. There should be a list of which countries' holidays are being displayed. Go to the settings and change to the calendars tab. From there you can then unsubscribe to the ones you don't want to see or just hide them. You can also add other countries' holidays as well. Also, in the general tab, you can change the country to whatever you want.

As for birthdays, where is the calendar pulling the information from? Contacts only or Google+ circles and Contacts? If it is set to Google+ circles and Contacts, you will get everyone's birthday from their Google+ profile. If set to Contacts only, you will need to put the birthday into the contact information for it to show automatically.

I'm not using the Google calendar app on my phone since the default app already syncs with my Google account.

[Edited 2015-12-21 13:42:19]

RE: Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:19 pm
by Braybuddy
Quoting ha763 (Reply 6):
For holidays, check what is subscribed in the Other calendars listing. If looking at the calendar on your computer, it should be right under the My calendars listing. There should be a list of which countries' holidays are being displayed. Go to the settings and change to the calendars tab. From there you can then unsubscribe to the ones you don't want to see or just hide them. You can also add other countries' holidays as well. Also, in the general tab, you can change the country to whatever you want.

As for birthdays, where is the calendar pulling the information from? Contacts only or Google+ circles and Contacts? If it is set to Google+ circles and Contacts, you will get everyone's birthday from their Google+ profile. If set to Contacts only, you will need to put the birthday into the contact information for it to show automatically.

Thank you! Fixed it in two minutes. Funny, I googled this before and found a Youtube clip which was so convoluted it didn't seem worthwhile. It involved resetting the calendar entirely, so any events added would have to be re-entered manually.

The UK calendar was the default setting (zero marks there Google: you should know where I live    ) and I had no idea other countries were lurking there under the skin.

And 26 December is now St Stephen's Day, the name by which it is known by everybody here.  

RE: Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:43 pm
by OA260
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 5):
which no-one uses here)

They do in Northern Ireland   I use both depending on which audience Im talking to. Even some Southern colleagues use Boxing Day too.

RE: Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:56 pm
by Braybuddy
Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
They do in Northern Ireland   I use both depending on which audience Im talking to. Even some Southern colleagues use Boxing Day too.

That depends on which side of the fence you're on . . .

And you have some strange colleagues in the south . . . you'll get pulled-up pretty quickly if you try that one down here.  

RE: Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 11:15 pm
by OA260
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 9):

With multi cultural Ireland these days you can use whatever you wish.  

RE: Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:54 am
by Braybuddy
Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 9):

With multi cultural Ireland these days you can use whatever you wish.

For sure, unless you want to risk a few sniggers behind your back . . .  

RE: Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:37 am
by ha763
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 7):
Thank you! Fixed it in two minutes. Funny, I googled this before and found a Youtube clip which was so convoluted it didn't seem worthwhile. It involved resetting the calendar entirely, so any events added would have to be re-entered manually.

The UK calendar was the default setting (zero marks there Google: you should know where I live    ) and I had no idea other countries were lurking there under the skin.

No problem. I figured this out because my Google calendar was showing Japanese holidays, but not U.S. holidays. I found in the settings that the country was set to Japan, probably because I had the language settings for my computer set to Japanese in order to display Japanese file names properly (I have a lot of music with Japanese file names). I ended up keeping the Japanese holiday listing since I used to work for a Japanese airline.

RE: Fictional Events On Google Calendar

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:30 am
by Braybuddy
Quoting ha763 (Reply 12):
I found in the settings that the country was set to Japan, probably because I had the language settings for my computer set to Japanese in order to display Japanese file names properly (I have a lot of music with Japanese file names). I ended up keeping the Japanese holiday listing since I used to work for a Japanese airline.

This is the annoying thing about computers, they try to be too clever and end-up just being infuriating. A mate of mine has an Imac, and last week I had a file of photos for him. Normally he just loads up the usb stick and it imports them as an intact folder. For reasons best known to itself, this time it imported the pics, but separated them into individual days' folders, each one named after the location where the pics were taken  . It also combined them with pics he had taken on the same days, so they were all mixed up. No doubt he will be able to change this by going into settings, but why the designers of this software like to think they know what you want is beyond me. You should be given the option of changing your settings, rather than it being done automatically.