Actually Tripod had been great for me up until this point. You can solve the above error by uploading the strict module to "/cgi-bin" in your friend's directory. The @INC error has been helpful to me in that it tells me what module I'm missing, and then I upload it. Try it again for your friend and I think you'll find that it works fine.
Actually, I'm using the free web hosting option on Tripod and was pleasantly suprised to learn that it lets me use Perl scripts. My regular ISP, which I pay for, doesn' give me this capability. Tripod's servers don't appear to be slow at any time and they respond to requests for help extremely rapidly, even for free users.