I recently came across several VMD users who were not aware of the VMDRC startup script. Before configuring my vmdrc, the first two years of using VMD, I had been turning off the XYZ axis arrows every time I started VMD. I would also always switch from perspective to orthographic mode, and often switch to a white background from the black. Also, since I have a graphics card I was always switching to the GLSL rendermode. These are all things that can be specified automatically in the startup script file.