You are right, that does work. In fact that is what I have been doing since I upgraded to 9.04 because that's all I can do.
However, if you look at something like Krusader you will see that the form is already in place to accept and display this information. Someone meant for that information to be there. I am trying to figure out why it is not. This is not a simple bug missed by some programer who was in a hurry. The fact that none of the main file browsers (nautilus dolphin konquourer krusader and so forth don't display it, and that the problem does not go away when you switch desktops tell me that the problem, and hence the solution, go much deeper then just finding a work around.
I need tp know if this function works for anyone else. someone just told me that for other file types you do get size and date modified, so it is working to a point. I will verify this and let you know. Windows will display this information and if windows can do it, we can.
Help me out here folks, can anyone see this data. I am quickly finding out that I am not the only inquiring mind that wants to know.