@teknix @jerod_servatius @niteskype Hi all! I'm sorry, I dunno how this post slipped by me, I should have seen it earlier and commented.
Correct, the current mod version that is being distributed is compatible with 1.7.10, which is why that version of Minecraft is launched with technic launcher. @teknix has it exactly right, at some point in the development, we changed the compatibility of the mod to 1.7.10 so that bitCraft would be compatible with other mods, like project:red, computercraft, etc etc etc. The issue is that we changed the compatibility at a pretty immature state of development. So, while I have the 1.8 code for the previous version, the mod has changed a huge amount since then. In my opinion, it would be easier to start from the current mod to adapt a version that is 1.8 compatible.
@teknix You say you've started working on a port? I'd be interested in helping. Is there a github repo for this?