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  • My name is Harsh. I hail from Dhanbad 🇮🇳. I have lived in Tokyo 🇯🇵 for 5 years, and I have been living in Berlin 🇩🇪 since 2022.
  • In this blog, I am going to dump my thoughts, my learnings, my experiences, and anything else I find useful to share with the 🌏.

Problems with rendering pdf.js in Web Worker

I was tinkering with pdf.js and pdf-lib. I was trying to see what open source free technologies can do. Then I thought of how efficient it would be to move the main computation of working with pdf-lib and pdf.js to a web worker. I did a small test. I created a small html file that places a select file input control on the UI and a div to hold images....

January 18, 2024 · 4 min · 804 words · Harsh Ankur

Using ChatGPT as an Assistant Developer

When I first heard that AI will replace software developers soon, I thought it could not have been true as it is just a large language model as of now and not so much of an ‘intelligence’ in any sense or form. Turns out, I was both right and wrong. It is trained well enough to support a developer but not to operate independently with simple instructions. So, it will take over a few people’s jobs, but that would be of the low-skilled software developers who only get to make a couple of small modules in the product at best....

January 7, 2024 · 7 min · 1279 words · Harsh Ankur

Post Viral Illness

I was infected with some kind of virus in the end of August. I had a week long symptoms comprising fever, weakness and cough. It was all good after that till it wasn’t anymore. After 4 days, my head started spinning and I started feeling extremely dizzy. That lasted for a week. And then I was fine for another 4 days before a strong fatigue set in. And the dizzy that struck me after that, stayed with me continuously for the next 2 months....

November 26, 2023 · 3 min · 441 words · Harsh Ankur

German Inefficiencies

Germany has an age-old stereotype of being an efficient country. German Efficiency is a myth that has stood the test of time for centuries. The reality is quite the opposite if one looks at typical bureaucracy that runs in German society. I have been living in Germany for close 1.5 years and I have visited Germany 3-4 years ago a couple of times for more than 3 months and I have found that Germany is anything but efficient....

November 26, 2023 · 5 min · 980 words · Harsh Ankur

How I use iOS Shortcuts

What are iOS Shortcuts Shortcuts is a visual-scripting tool available on the Apple ecosystem which allows users to create macros for executing specific tasks on their device(s). These task sequences can be created by the user and shared online through iCloud. iOS Shortcuts can be a really powerful tool if it is used properly. It has some very advanced automation and scripting possibilities built into it and its best part is that it is available on a mobile device....

November 25, 2023 · 4 min · 779 words · Harsh Ankur