On my Pantech Breakout I am synced with Gmail and use the default calendar widget. My old flip phone allowed me to set up notifications that would go off every so often (every 2 minutes for example) once the notification time was reached like 10 minutes before the event until I would hit dismiss or snooze. I liked this because I would frequently miss the first notification if in a noisy location or had the phone located in a way that muffled the sound and vibration. This phone only gives me the option for setting the pre event time of the notification to which I get a single event sound or vibration without repetition. Is there a way of having it repeat the notification until I answer it or do I need a different application?
You only get one shot with the Google calendar. You might search the market and try to find a calendar which is more like an alarm clock, with snooze ability. Personally, I do not know of one, so I can't make any suggestions.
I have the exact same issue and desire. I know there are other Android calendar apps beyond the stock one that comes with the phone, which has a number of limitations. sol1109, if you find one that gives repeated notifications, please report back here!
OK, figured out part of the question. The duplicate birthday and aniversary events are hapening because in Outlook I filled in the details section of the contact and in the Outlook calendar I created an event for that same detail since outlook does not link the two tools. Once you import you calendar and contacs to GMail it extracts the information on personal events from your contacts and creates a second calendar called "Contacts Birthdays & Events" that is then linked to your main GMail calendar creating a second event.