Thanks for the quick response, Luke-san and happy holidays to you. The date stamp is only displayed while in playback mode on the camera, once the picture transferred to a computer the date is gone.
It looks like it will take some sort of manual step for each photo to somehow get the date superimposed on the image itself, quite a bit of manual work on 6-8 pictures I take every day. I can put the date in the photo caption on Picasaweb but not the ones I upload to my own domain and link to in a forum message. I'll figure something out, I love this camera enough to find a workaround.
And thanks for the exif info, I've been using it seemingly forever. I use a great little program called Thumber
that is set up to create a folder under "C:\Pictures" of the date (2008, 12 24), moves the pictures from the camera and renames them with the exact date and time (2008, 12-24 23-04-10.jpg) leaving me an empty camera and a picture folder with sub-folders for each day.
Picasa is wonderful, I use it quite a bit even though I have almost every photo editor known to man. I'm on a couple of hydroponics forums and rely on the date stamp to show people looking at a picture what date it was taken and thus, the plant growth.
Thanks again, you're a wealth of knowledge.